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Mayor offering advice to candidates

North Burnett Regional Council Mayor Rachel Chambers gave some stern advice to potential candidates for the upcoming election.
North Burnett Regional Council Mayor Rachel Chambers gave some stern advice to potential candidates for the upcoming election. Tobi Loftus

WITH the next state election looming in 2018 North Burnett Regional Council Mayor Rachel Chambers offered some stern words of advice to potential candidates.

In a Facebook post that garnered more than 250 likes on Monday, Cr Chambers said it should be a priority that you have an interest in farming especially as that's where all your food comes from.

"Farmers rely on the quality of their land for their prosperity. No one cares more about vegetation management than the farmer. Out here, away from the city we value nature; we value the bees which pollinate our crops, we value the bugs which keep pests at bay, we value rain more than anyone may be able to comprehend and we certainly value good management of our land,” Cr Chambers said.

"The sooner you understand that we care more about our land than anyone else possibly could, the better. We have taken care of land for generations and will continue to do so.”

Cr Chambers then proceeds to say farming communities would not necessarily equate to election votes.

"The unfortunate thing is, farming by its very nature (needing acreage) means we will never have the votes,” she said.

"My advice would be to start valuing food. You know, the stuff you have to eat or else you die.”

Queensland's major parties should have candidates finalised and ready to hit the campaign trail within the next few weeks.

Topics:  candidates farming mayor chambers qld state election state election 2018


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