Lohse to stand in Cal­lide

‘Changes needed for ru­ral peo­ple’

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Erica Mur­ree erica.mur­ree@cnbtimes.com.au

BROOWEENA cat­tle pro­ducer Sharon Lohse has an­nounced she will con­test the seat of Cal­lide as a One Na­tion can­di­date.

Mrs Lohse said her mo­ti­va­tion to run came from ad­dress­ing prop­erty rights is­sues of her own busi­ness and also as a board mem­ber of Prop­erty Rights Aus­tralia.

She be­lieved the ma­jor parties had lost touch with re­gional Queens­land.

“This is why I have de­cided to run as a One Na­tion can­di­date for the seat of Cal­lide,” she said.

Mrs Lohse was go­ing to stand in the War­rego elec­torate but af­ter the elec­toral bound­ary changes to Cal­lide to in­clude the com­mu­ni­ties of Chin­chilla and Miles, which is close to her Chin­chilla prop­erty, she gained a trans­fer.

“I am not go­ing to con­tinue to knock on doors of politi­cians that have no in­ter­est in lis­ten­ing to is­sues in the bush,” Mrs Lohse said.

“Our chil­dren and grand­chil­dren are re­ly­ing on good govern­ment to stand up and make change so ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties, ru­ral busi­ness and pri­mary pro­duc­ers may pros­per and main­tain healthy life­styles.”

Mrs Lohse said her de­ci­sion to run was based on per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence.

“As a gra­zier, mother, ed­u­ca­tor of my chil­dren through dis­tance ed­u­ca­tion, ru­ral busi­ness part­ner, prop­erty rights ad­vo­cate my de­ci­sion to run as a can­di­date is to make the changes needed for ru­ral peo­ple,” she said.

Mrs Lohse said she and her hus­band, Robert, faced the pos­si­bil­ity of los­ing their home and liveli­hood, af­ter their prop­erty Spring­vale was turned into a na­tional park 12 years ago.

Since then, they have been in ne­go­ti­a­tions with the State Govern­ment, along with 81 other Queens­land gra­ziers.

Through Free­dom Of In­for­ma­tion Mrs Lohse found their land was found un­suit­able for na­tional park sta­tus af­ter an as­sess­ment many years later, thus in­cor­rectly des­ig­nated.

Mrs Lohse said in­cor­rect process to ten­ure changes, and pro­ce­dures by the La­bor Govern­ment were dis­closed in the doc­u­men­ta­tion re­ceived.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

MAK­ING CHANGE: Sharon Lohse will con­test the seat of Cal­lide.

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