MP vs Mayor in Farrer finals flutter

PRIDE and passion is on the line this weekend as the Marrar Bombers and Temora Kangaroos vie for the Farrer League flag, Small Business Minister and local Nationals’ MP Michael McCormack says.

“Footy finals are one of the best times of year in the Riverina,” Mr McCormack said.

“No matter the clubs in the decider, the spirit of communities is always on display and it’s always infectious.”

Mr McCormack, who is tipping the Bombers this Saturday, has made a bet with Temora Shire Mayor Rick Firman, with the Temora & District Education Fund the winner, should Mayor Firman’s team win, and the Marrar Public School, if Marrar get up.

“Rick and I have $100 on the line – with the winning side’s education fund or school putting the winnings towards assisting their kids,” Mr McCormack said.

Temora Shire Mayor Rick Firman has confidence in the Kangaroos.

“We were very pleased to win three premierships in a row – and it’s just wonderful to be back in the grand final again this year,” Cr Firman said.

“Businesses and community groups all through town always decorate their shops and show the Shire’s pride, encouraging as many people to get to the game as possible.”

Mr McCormack’s chosen recipient is Marrar Public School, whilst Cr Firman’s is the Temora and District Education Fund.

The MP spent his early years on a Marrar farm whilst Cr Firman was born and has lives all his life at Temora and for generations prior.

The pair made the bet whilst Temora Shire Council was at Parliament House to meet with several Ministers about the Shire’s infrastructure priorities.

“Michael McCormack and Temora Shire will keep working together to ensure the Shire’s projects and priorities remain high on the Federal Government’s agenda,” Cr Firman said.

“We were delighted to meet with Ministers Fiona Nash, Darren Chester and Michael Keenan, as well as Mr McCormack, who is the Small Business Minister, to put the Shire’s case.  There’s nothing better than speaking face-to-face.”

A video of the bet is on Mr McCormack’s Facebook page.


Dom Hopkinson