Greens candidate in fresh bid for Dawson
ACTION on climate change and a focus on protecting the Great Barrier Reef are just a few of the issues Greens candidate Jonathon Dykyj is hoping to pursue for the Whitsundays as he runs for the seat of Dawson in the upcoming election.
"It's the third time I will be running for the seat of Whitsundays, so I know the region and its issues very well," Mr Dykyj said.
"The CSIRO and Marine Park Authority have both declared that climate change is the biggest threat to the Great Barrier Reef."
Mr Dykyj said targeting climate change would also benefit the agricultural industries, particularly growers in Proserpine and Bowen and surrounds.
"The Whitsundays' strong agricultural industry is being impacted right now by climate change," he said.
In the agricultural sector, Mr Dykyj said he would also like to see food miles reduced to ensure the Whitsundays had access to its own fresh produce.
"At the moment we have food trucks transporting fresh produce out of Bowen to Brisbane, and then coming all the way back up here to supply our own stores." The eradication of fossil fuels is also a big priority for Mr Dykyj. He said the Greens hoped to de-carbonise the economy of the Whitsundays, which would in turn protect the reef and agricultural sectors.
"The port expansion at Abbot Point is bad publicity for the region, not to mention the dredging and spoil dumping that is going on. Transitioning away from fossil fuels will be a positive thing for the region.
"Our reputation is a big thing - we don't want our clean, green image to be sullied by a big coal port."
The Greens candidate is also focusing on the health and well-being of the Whitsunday population, pushing for Medicare to cover dental care and even a trial for medical marijuana for Queensland.
"The Whitsundays is the perfect climate for regulated cannabis crops, plus the availability of the drug will bring an end of suffering to sick people and children."
Also running for the seat of Dawson is George Christensen, with the Liberal National Party recently affirming its commitment to supporting Mr Christensen throughout his candidacy.