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.
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.