Australian Conservatives candidate for Narungga, Rebecca Hewett, has been farming with her husband at Bute for the past 27 years, where his family have been working the land for seven generations.
Rebecca told the Stock Journal “We live and breathe agriculture and understand how important government decisions are to agricultural businesses, communities and environment,” she said.
“I am worried about where our state is headed, I am concerned about city-centric policies that have caused areas like ours to be neglected for far too long.”
The Stock Journal asked Rebecca a series of questions about her candidacy:
What do you believe is the biggest challenge facing Narungga?
“There are many challenges facing Narungga, lack of investment in our hospitals and the loss of health services. Our roads have been neglected and won’t be fixed for decades. Our farm practices and land is at risk from a Labor government that hasn’t given us the protection we need to go about our work without fear. Our plan to redress this includes Right to Farm legislation, cutting red tape to make doing business easier and returning $88 million each year to the regions," she said.
What do you see as the major issue affecting SA agriculture and how would you rectify this?
“ The major issue affecting agriculture is simply the Labor government discounts its importance, despite the fact it is a major contributor to the state economy. It does not invest enough in research and development, its departments don’t consult enough with farmers and others involved in agriculture and instead of adequately funding PIRSA it cuts its budget year after year. Our view on this is that the PIRSA budget needs to increase to invest in the people and towns and services that support our farmers."
What are your views on allowing mining on prime farming land in Narungga?
“We believe that there is too much uncertainty for farmers and graziers in the arable land areas regarding significant open cut extractive mining which can lead to unsustainability in farming practices and also prevents neighbouring farmers from being able to farm,” she concluded.
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