Jo­hanna Kloot

Greens

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

I’m pas­sion­ate about build­ing a sus­tain­able Le­ich­hardt, there are so many ar­eas we need to ad­dress, the glar­ing is­sue is food se­cu­rity. Farm­ers are be­ing driven down in price and they don’t have the op­por­tu­nity to max­imise profit to rein­vest into farms to es­tab­lish sus­tain­able farm­ing prac­tices. A lot of farm­ers are on the verge of go­ing broke and we will lose them and we will lose the farm­land as well. I am work­ing on a pro­gram with ma­jor stake­hold­ers called a Taste of Par­adise food net­work where peo­ple can buy di­rect from farm­ers. The Dou­glas re­gion is ex­tremely well placed and we need to make sure tourism tar­gets re­main as large as pos­si­ble for in­ter­na­tional and national tourists. To do we that need to look af­ter the reef and make sure there is no dredg­ing that spreads toxic ma­te­ri­als, no ma­jor ship­ping to re­duce the chance of oil spills and mak­ing sure the reef is val­ued for the pre­cious­ness that it is.

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