Rural Water Policy
As the Mayor of Indigo Shire Council I have fought alongside the Stanley community to try and stop outsiders from trucking out their water. It hasn’t worked and now I’m standing as an independent candidate so that I can take the fight to Melbourne. We need to change the Water Act so that rural communities get a say in who has access to their water. I’m fighting for the Stanley community so that Stanley’s farms and orchards have a future. Ground water should be for our farmers and families, not the bottled water industry.
You can read my full Rural Water Policy here.
Dairy Industry Policy
Benambra’s valleys support some of the best dairy farms in Australia. They have fertile soils, high rainfall and excellent farmers. It is one of the strongest and most overlooked assets in our region. The destabalisation of the industry through the sell-off of the Murray Goulburn Cooperative, and the attempted closure of the Kiewa/Tangambalanga processing plant, has put this asset under pressure. My policy is aimed at stabilising the industry and supporting efforts to increase milk production in Benambra’s valleys. A strong dairy industry is vital to the health of our valley economies and will bring valuable jobs to the region.
You can read my full Dairy Industry Policy here.
New Jobs Policy
We need to take opportunities, like those presented by the clean energy sector, and turn them into a new jobs boom for Benambra. Benambra must have the training facilities able to supply new business ventures with a skilled workforce. As the leader in micro-grid innovation, our local electrician apprentices need to be able to attend a Grid Connect Design course right here in Wodonga. The Wodonga TAFE has this year been named Victoria’s large training provider ofthe year, and it needs ongoing support to develop training courses targeted at new business opportunities. I want to focus on building Wodonga as a regional centre of excellence in education and training, where we can train, and retrain, our workers for those industries that will form the basis of our future economic growth.
You can read my full New Jobs Policy here.
Regional Deal Policy
Regional Victoria is missing out. While billions are being spent on metropolitan rail and road projects, we don’t have enough money flowing to our region for the infrastructure we need to grow. With government support, Benambra could become a thriving regional centre, with significant economic opportunities for its residents, and infrastructure that delivers easy access to major city centres.
For Benambra to thrive we need incentives to encourage new business, incentives to support steady and strategic population growth, and we need funding for the infrastructure to support our growing population. I will focus on delivering a Regional Deal for Benambra, a strategic plan to support the development of Benambra into the most a vibrant and prosperous regional centre in Victoria.
You can read my full Regional Deal Policy here.
Climate Change and Bushfire Policy
Climate change has a disproportionate impact on rural communities. Benambra sits within the most bushfire prone area in the world, and its economic reliance on agricultural production makes the region extremely sensitive to drought. As the ones who are most impacted, we stand to benefit most from strong government action on climate change, and we will pay the highest price for inaction. Climate change is Benambra’s fight, but with a plan we can be ready for it.
You can read my full Climate Change and Bushfire Policy here.