The electorate of Heysen will have a new representative following the state election this month with former Liberal leader Isobel Redmond retiring at the conclusion of her term.
The Australian Conservatives’ candidate is Lynette Stevenson who answered a series of questions from the Stock Journal this week:
What do you believe is the biggest challenge facing Heysen?
“Issues facing Heysen include the need for more education opportunities, lack of aged care support, little funding for mental health, failure by government to maintain our roads, the avenue that our natural resource management has taken and the cost of doing business. We have committed money to addressing the backlog of maintenance in hospitals, have a plan to reduce water costs for agriculture, to remove meters on dams and want and will introduce Right to Farm legislation to farmers’ rights from mining practices.”
What do you see as the major issue affecting SA agriculture and how would you rectify this?
“I am passionate that farmland must be protected to ensure that healthy food production can go on. We must protect our farms from foreign investors tied to nations whose interests are at odds with our own. We need to be careful to protect prime agricultural land from urban sprawl with proper planning at the state level.”
What are your views on allowing mining on prime farming land in Heysen?
“We have plans to annex our arable farm and grazing lands using legislation that would protect it from open-cut mining practices. We are not anti-mining but believe this arable land, which makes up only 5 per cent of SA, must be protected to ensure we can continue being major food producers. Our amendment will have little impact on the mining sector as most mineral deposits are found outside of our arable land leaving miners with plenty of other areas to explore.”
To see the Australian Conservatives’ 2018 Election Plan for South Australia, click here.