Lynette Stevenson, candidate for Heysen

March 07, 2018

Lynette has told The Weekender Herald I grew up in the Adelaide Hills, went to school at Mylor Primary and played tennis and netball throughout the Heysen electorate.

I have had broad life experience ranging from 25 years’ Army service both full time and part time.

I have been farming for 23 years and also worked for a Stock and Station agent, as an aged care worker and have a BA in psychology and sociology.

I am standing for Heysen because I am angry about Labor’s mismanagement of the budget, for selling off our essential services like Forestry SA, Lotteries, the Motor Accident Commission and the Lands Titles Office.

Now we have fewer assets and the government is still in debt.

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.

Australian Conservatives have committed money to addressing the backlog of maintenance in hospitals, have a plan to reduce water costs for agriculture, and we will introduce Right to Farm legislation to protect food producers and will amend the mining act to protect our important arable land from invasive open-cut mining practices when parliament sits again after the election.

We have a 35 per cent Royalties for Regions policy which would return revenue for country areas – an issue that our members have championed for nine years now and which other parties are starting to adopt, though not to the full 35 per cent that we are calling for.

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.

We have plans for this state that do not begin and end at the tollgate.

To see the Australian Conservatives’ 2018 Election Plan for South Australia, click here.

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