Passion for parliamentary change
A PUSH to encourage locally developed renewable energy and a desire to improve the democratic process are the major drivers of Greens candidate for Burnett Colin Sheppard’s campaign.
Mr Sheppard, a healthcare sector professional based in Brisbane, took the opportunity to represent the Greens with both hands.
Fuelled by a desire to encourage the democratic process, Mr Sheppard spoke passionately about the need for an Upper House to return to Queensland to remove the “first past the post” system.
“It will allow minor parties like the Greens to participate in parliament but, more than that, it will allow more people to be involved in the process,” Mr Sheppard said.
That desire is matched only by his passion for the environment.
Mr Sheppard’s other two main points centred on renewable energy and climate change.
Given the Burnett’s location, Mr Sheppard said more should be done to encourage innovation in this area.
“There’s plenty of potential for renewable energy in the Burnett,” he said, citing solar, wind and tidal energies.
“I certainly think there should be a stronger local economy and I think the Burnett is in a very good location to do that.
“I would also ask people to think about the environment and climate change.”
Mr Sheppard criticised mainstream media for creating an “extremely narrow debate” that focussed on “only four government departments”.
He flagged tourism, transport and roads as other major issues for the state.
Greens candidate for Burnett Colin Sheppard .