Wa­ter is­sue seen as key

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - JOHN AN­DER­SEN

THIRTY- YEAR- OLD fa­ther of one Ryan Don­ald will be vot­ing for the first time on Novem­ber 25.

The sug­ar­cane in­dus­try haul- out driver from Giru, be­tween Townsville and Ayr, said he had not de­cided whether to vote for La­bor, the LNP or One Na­tion.

“I’m still mak­ing up my mind. I don’t know yet who will get my vote. One thing I do know is that it won’t be the Greens,” he said as he shunted cane bins at a rail siding near Ayr.

Mr Don­ald said he had worked in the turf farm­ing in­dus­try at Giru be­fore be­ing forced out when drought started to bite in 2014.

He said that when wa­ter re­stric­tions came into ef­fect in Townsville turf sales plum­meted.

“I was manag­ing a turf farm at Giru, but had to give it away,” Mr Don­ald said. “Peo­ple stopped buy­ing turf and I ran out of work, but for­tu­nately I was able to get a job haul­ing out cane.”

Mr Don­ald said he wanted an elected gov­ern­ment to sort out Townsville’s wa­ter prob­lems by rais­ing the height of the Bur­dekin Dam.

“The whole re­gion needs more guar­an­teed wa­ter,” he said.

“It would be good if politi­cians could make it rain.”

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