Mayor of­fer­ing ad­vice

Elec­tion can­di­dates ‘need re­spect for food’

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Philippe Coquerand philippe.coquerand@cnbtimes.com.au

WITH the next state elec­tion loom­ing in 2018 North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil Mayor Rachel Cham­bers of­fered some stern words of ad­vice to po­ten­tial can­di­dates.

In a Facebook post that gar­nered more than 250 likes on Monday, Cr Cham­bers said it should be a pri­or­ity that you have an in­ter­est in farm­ing es­pe­cially as that’s where all your food comes from.

“Farm­ers rely on the qual­ity of their land for their pros­per­ity. No one cares more about veg­e­ta­tion man­age­ment than the farmer. Out here, away from the city we value na­ture; we value the bees which pol­li­nate our crops, we value the bugs which keep pests at bay, we value rain more than any­one may be able to com­pre­hend and we cer­tainly value good man­age­ment of our land,” Cr Cham­bers said.

“The sooner you un­der­stand that we care more about our land than any­one else pos­si­bly could, the bet­ter. We have taken care of land for gen­er­a­tions and will con­tinue to do so.”

Cr Cham­bers then pro­ceeds to say farm­ing com­mu­ni­ties would not nec­es­sar­ily equate to elec­tion votes.

“The un­for­tu­nate thing is, farm­ing by its very na­ture (need­ing acreage) means we will never have the votes,” she said.

“My ad­vice would be to start valu­ing food. You know, the stuff you have to eat or else you die.”

Queens­land’s ma­jor par­ties should have can­di­dates fi­nalised and ready to hit the cam­paign trail within the next few weeks.

❝ The sooner you un­der­stand that we care more about our land than any­one else pos­si­bly could, the bet­ter. — Rachel Cham­bers

Search Mayor Rachel Cham­bers on Facebook to see the full post.

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