A RADICAL move to create a separate State for the Riverina will be taken to the New South Wales election by Wakool farmer, David Landini.
The politics of water is foremost on the agenda in the southern border Murray electorate for the State election on March 23 and is behind Mr Landini's dramatic State push.
He regards it as a solution to the "ongoing water disaster" confronting the region and the inability of massive rural electorates like Murray to overcome metropolitan dominance in the NSW Parliament.
Mr Landini was outspoken at a public meeting at Barham last week attended by about 250 people who called for a five-year pause for the controversial Murray Darling Basin Plan.
The issue of sparsely populated rural electorates getting their message to city people about the challenges faced in producing their food was raised at the Barham meeting.
Mr Landini is a former president of the Deniliquin branch of The Nationals He quit the party two years ago and is running as an independent candidate against Nationals incumbent, Austin Evans.
Mr Evans has also cited the water crisis as a key issue in the election.
They are among six candidates vying for the Murray seat in Parliament.
Mr Evans was elected at a by-election in 2017 by the slender margin of just 3.5 per cent.
The mood for strong independents may play a role in the outcome in Murray.
Mr Landini is well-known for farming and water advocacy.
Other candidates are Griffith farmer Helen Dalton (Shooters, Farmers and Fishers), Brian Mills (independent), Albury doctor Nivanka De Silva (Greens) and Moama motor mechanic Tom Weyrich (One Nation).