Candidate a rural voice

Written By miftah nugraha on Senin, 12 Agustus 2013 | 19.55

WELL-KNOWN Central Highlands agribusinessman Geoff Herbert says by running for election he will give voice to the rural sector.

From Bothwell, Mr Herbert's interests reach into the heartland of the highlands community and beyond. His business includes food, fuel, fishing and hunting supplies.

"Like the rural community I am fed up with the unnecessary bureaucratic red tape which goes government to government -- it's nonsense and is getting worse. This has inspired me to run," Mr Herbert said.

About six weeks ago he decided to stand for Katter's Australian Party in the Senate.

The Central Highlands lost $12 million of retail value when the forest industry closed.

"The state has 200,000 hectares of plantation timber with farmers left out to dry, they are not getting any answers.

"The whole industry has disappeared, and then you look at what the district got out of the $100 million peace deal money, absolutely nothing."

High on the agenda is freight equalisation, funding to complete the Southern Highlands Irrigation Scheme and why the NBN roll out has come to grinding stop.

He said the community had gone to government seeking answers about the key issues plus sealing the Highland Lakes Highway, which has tourism potential.

"We have been fobbed off. People in the country are not treated fairly, and governments just want us to go away," Mr Herbert said.

Katter's Australian Party hopes to run two candidates in the Senate, with party leader Bob Katter in Tasmania next week.


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