Thursday, 8 March 2018
Giles agricultural sector requires representation
CANDIDATES from the electorate in the state’s north-west are Labor’s Eddie Hughes, Liberal Mark Walsh, the Greens’ Anna Taylor, Australian Conservatives’ Cheryl Kaminski, SA Best’s Tom Antonio and Dignity Party’s Cyanne Westerman.
What do you believe is the biggest challenge facing Giles?
CYANNE WESTERMAN: We need more accessible ramps and toilets in businesses and shops in Whyalla. There is also a need for increased services, especially more qualified people to assist with therapy for children with disabilities. We need to utilise the benefits of the NDIS.
What do you see as the major issue affecting SA agriculture? How would you rectify this?
CYANNE WESTERMAN: Consumer confidence is high, but there is pressure on families accessing services in regional areas. Agriculture is a sector that can only be as strong as the people working in it, so looking at ways to boost the mental health capacity of people, and especially the women who are responsible for a lot of off-farm income may be a good strategy.
What are your views on allowing mining on prime farming land in Giles?
WESTERMAN: It is important to balance the environmental impact of mining with the economic benefit to SA. Agriculture and food production brings millions of dollars into the local economy but we need to keep prime farming land to secure our food future.