Greens

Gatton Star - - NEWS FEDERAL ELECTION: BLAIR -

■ In­fra­struc­ture

OUR federal roads are un­safe. We have so many new hous­ing de­vel­op­ments and we need jobs, ed­u­ca­tion and health­care for ev­ery­one – both cur­rent and fu­ture res­i­dents. Be­fore a large devel­op­ment is ap­proved, we need to en­sure that in­fra­struc­ture plans are pre­pared and in place in or­der to cre­ate sus­tain­able growth for the re­gion. ■ Farm­ing sus­tain­abil­ity

MY FAM­ILY are cat­tle farm­ers and I have seen first-hand the is­sues they’ve faced for many years. I have also learnt just how en­vi­ron­men­tally minded our farm­ers are – they have to be able to make a liv­ing from the land. We need to pro­tect their land and water from coal and gas min­ing cor­po­ra­tions. We want to reg­u­late fairer prices for Aus­tralian pro­duce to en­sure farm­ers get paid their fair share.

■ In­land Rail

IT IS clear that far more com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion needs to be done and that it needs to in­volve hon­est dis­cus­sions with landown­ers, rather than the ARTC just tick­ing boxes. A project of this size can­not be rushed. Tens of thou­sands of homes and farms are es­ti­mated to be af­fected in Southeast Queens­land alone.

■ Devel­op­ment

THE growth of our re­gion is a pos­i­tive thing but only if we have the in­fra­struc­ture to go with it. Our state and federal rep­re­sen­ta­tives need to stop pass­ing the buck re­gard­ing a long-over­due up­grade to our roads. I would fight for in­creased fund­ing for our hospi­tal and schools.

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