Michael Hig­gin­son

Isis Town and Country - - News -

IN­DE­PEN­DENTS Queens­land is the brain­child of “fiercely in­de­pen­dent” Cal­lide can­di­date Michael Hig­gin­son.

“In­de­pen­dence is the cor­ner­stone of our democ­racy – we need more not less,” he said.

Vot­ers are asked to “cre­ate a po­lit­i­cal tsunami” by plac­ing the 52 in­de­pen­dents first on their elec­toral bal­lot and par­ties last.

Should the in­de­pen­dents gain the bal­ance of power, it will be another first for Mr Hig­gin­son, who pi­o­neered the backpacking in­dus­try in By­ron Bay and Cairns.

His own cam­paign will fo­cus on sus­tain­able liv­ing and food pro­duc­tion for “our­selves first and China sec­ond”, bet­ter pro­vi­sion of ru­ral ser­vices and bet­ter tourism mar­ket­ing.

“I am es­pe­cially con­cerned about the de­clin­ing ser­vices in ru­ral towns,” he said.

“Ru­ral towns need to start pro­duc­ing (green) food through­out Cal­lide. It will pro­duce jobs … and en­cour­age peo­ple to buy cheap hous­ing. With aquapon­ics, my quar­ter­acre can feed 10,000 peo­ple.”

He said ru­ral towns also needed bet­ter trans­port, greater ac­cess to po­lice and the re-es­tab­lish­ment of “the land of­fice used ex­ten­sively by gra­ziers”.

PHOTO: SHIRLEY WAY

In­de­pen­dent can­di­date.

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