1. What motivated you to stand in this election?
I want to make a difference and give a voice to those standing up for the environment -such as 72yr old June Norman who, together with other ecowalkers, took part in Reefwalk 2013 making her way on foot from Cairns to Gladstone to protest about the effect of mining and expansion of ports on the Great Barrier Reef (GBR). I also are passionate about helping the most disadvantaged, promoting sustainable business practices and giving Far North Queensland food and energy security.
2. If elected, how would you improve the quality of our waterways and marine environment and work to protect the Great Barrier Reef from the threats of climate change, contaminated sediment and crown of thorns starfish?
The Greens will protect pristine coastal areas from new coal and gas ports. Our plan will deliver long-term protection for the Great Barrier Reef. We have also recently announced $85 million in our budget to assist farmers to bypass the supermarket monopolies and get a fair price for their food. This will enable them to adopt sustainable practices to reduce water use and prevent contamination of waterways with chemicals.
We also plan to make Queensland a solar powered state and for FNQ to be energy self sufficient with a solar thermal power plant south west of Cairns. This will be cyclone and flood safe and replace a system that uses fossil fuels and wastes 40% of the energy produced during transfer from Rockhampton.
It is urgent that we turn around the polluting practices that are endangering our greatest asset, the Great Barrier Reef and depleting our aquifers.
3. Would you call for a nationwide audit of agricultural and horticultural chemicals so that local councils can tailor their raw and drinking water testing accordingly ( please see Barron river fact sheet attached) ?
Yes this is an urgent and obvious necessity.
4. What social justice issue do you intend to focus on if elected?
I care deeply about injustice and about the welfare of the poorest in our community. I am working to organise food with no monetary value to farmers being redistributed to those who cannot afford to eat properly.
I am also looking at ways to help refugees help themselves P.eople in limbo, who are unable to work and may be living in crowded conditions or homeless should have the opportunity to volunteer on organic farms, learn new skills, contribute to society and find out about the Australian ways of life.
5. What do you think is appropriate development in this electorate? Do you support the idea of the proposed megaresort at Yorkey’s Knob?
Appropriate development is development that will leave the environment in a better state than it was. We need to ensure that transparent and adequate public consultation takes place about the megaresort and that an independent environmental assessment is done. The cost of additional infrastructure such as expanding roads, accessing new water sources and waste and sewerage facilities needs to be costed in when looking at the feasibility of this project- plus of course the effect on the Great Barrier Reef.