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Media Release – Plastic and the hero industrial hemp

Media Release

In 2015 I campaigned for a Container Deposit Scheme and lobbied the Qld State Government. QLD Parliament made some historic decisions on plastic litter and waste by banning plastic bags and introducing a container refund scheme which will commence on 1 July 2018. These were unanimous and popular decisions, welcomed by many in the community.

I have continued to campaign and lobby for the phasing out of all plastics and replacing with Industrial Hemp. #billion$crop #trillion$industry #zerocarbonemissions #strong #compostable

Pic: Organics Recycling Eenee

Industrial hemp requires same security as any other business. No body steals crops of sugar, so I doubt anyone would steal a product that is for industrial use only.

With the millions in profit these big supermarket chains make each year they should be looking at alternatives to plastic bags. I believe we could replace everything plastic and create jobs, jobs and more jobs and help clean up our water ways, flora and fauna; effectively cleaning up the planet. Not to mention drastically reducing landfill waste which again costs millions of tax payer dollars and contaminates.

Creating opportunities for people to reach their full potential, boosting our economy and supporting our farmers are all integral to the success of our great state. Excellent crop rotation for agriculture (3rd less water required than other crops) which is pertinent to growing fresh produce to sustain the masses. By 2050 there will be 9 billion people in the world that need feeding, so replacing those nutrients lost in the soil, industrial hemp is the hero so nutritious crops can be constant. Not to mention building our roads, houses, infrastructure, tourism, fuels, medicines etc, value adding to many portfolios all thanks to removing plastics. Practical yet abundantly resourceful and a sustainable industry.

PRIORITY: We must secure water for the future, water sustains all life. #water4life

This brings us back to plastic bags, not only should bags be unavailable in the imminent future – they should be already gone and starting NOW, everyone needs to be mindful that all this plastic stuff has to go somewhere. (Still trying to find an effective solution for this – recycle options etc). If you have any suggestions would appreciate them.

I am asking you to keep the good work going and support policies on the next important steps to reduce and rid plastic litter and waste. I support and ask you to support the following:

  • Instigate a Plastic Litter Reduction Plan for QLD to identify and find solutions for single use plastics – in the home, away from home, in industry and agriculture and in the marine environment
  • Introduce a levy on waste going to landfill-to stop the 100,000’s of tonnes of waste being dumped in QLD from NSW

Come on Queenslanders we need to be leaders in the market.

What are we leaving future generations to come? Let us leave a legacy we can be proud of.

We’ll make it happen. #BuildingBetterTogether

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The truth about rates

THE TRUTH ABOUT RATES

Are you concerned over increasing rates and the need to alleviate cost of living pressures?

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FCRC is accountable for establishing priorities for service provision and expenditure for all our areas, in consultation with all our local communities. When budgeting for projects and services, FCRC needs to be innovative and look for the best value and deliver that value for all of us that live on the Fraser Coast.

We need the State Government to look into a ‘rates cap’. This system caps rates increases to a figure based on the Consumer Price Index.

**  80% of properties are on the same base rate i.e. $9,000 block that floods, has no building and a $250,000 house with full services both pay minimum $1,240
**  38.18% of rates go towards wages and salaries
**  Yearly discount should be applied to all quarterly notices
**  11% compounding interest needs reviewing
**  $75 Infrastructure fee needs reviewing i.e. Reintroduce $25 Environmental levy fee – $25 Emergency / Critical Infrastructure Fee – $25 straight off rates.
**  32 categories need reviewing – seriously do we need this many?

I would like to see each town and regional locality have its own kitty to ensure money is being spent fair and equitably for all rate payers across the ENTIRE Fraser Coast.

We must implement a FULL Financial Analysis / Reports of all RATES and Departments in particular Fraser Coast Opportunities and Council Operations to make savings and reductions; if possible to reduce rates substantially. Water bills will need to be reviewed.

Hope to see you at the Community Rates Forum before the Election – stay tuned, details to follow.

#Vote1   #JD4Mayor   #back2TripleR – rates, roads, rubbish