Dun­can Scott

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

DUN­CAN Scott’s num­ber one goal is strength­en­ing the com­mu­nity by pro­mot­ing small business and sport.

The for­mer dairy farmer from Wowan said his com­mu­nity suf­fered be­cause min­ing brought pros­per­ity to some, but they weren’t nec­es­sar­ily spend­ing money lo­cally.

“Small business is the best business,” Mr Scott said. “My push is to try and pro­mote lo­cal pro­duce and gen­er­ally support our busi­nesses at home.”

He said sport had po­ten­tial to lift the com­mu­nity by bring­ing peo­ple to­gether and pro­mot­ing health­ier life­styles.

“Obe­sity is a grow­ing is­sue in our area and if we can en­cour­age peo­ple to get in­volved in lo­cal sports that will ul­ti­mately re­duce the cost to the health sys­tem. It’s preven­tion rather than a cure.”

Mr Scott was also pas­sion­ately op­posed to min­ing that af­fected wa­ter sup­ply. His ma­jor crit­i­cism of the gov­ern­ment was han­dling of run-off from the Mount Mor­gan mine.

He said ma­te­rial com­ing down from the mine pol­luted the Dee River.

“It’s one of the most pol­luted rivers in the South­ern Hemi­sphere, it’s acidic”.

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