Nationals WA candidate for Warren-Blackwood,
p GM technology
I'm committed to the decisions I've made and convinced that all farming systems - GM, conventional, organic - can successfully co-exist in WA and that farmers can grow what they want to grow and make the best choices for their business. Supporting choice is the reason the Nationals WA are also committing $5 million to the establishment of an Organic Food Industry research centre at Bunbury.
Both WAFarmers and the PGA are supportive of GM technology.
In its 10-point list of election demands released on January 14, WAFarmers stated, "WAFarmers in line with its GM policy, supports continued use for GM crops including future research and development into GM crops and pastures".
p Regional roads
Clearly, regional road funding continues to be one of our priorities which is why Royalties for Regions has contributed significant funding to the Safer Country Roads initiative. In the May State budget more than $5 million was committed from this fund towards upgrade of South Western Highway in the Warren Blackwood electorate.
A new $4.3m bridge has been constructed at Jalbarragup, scene of a flood prone crossing where two children tragically lost their lives.
Multi-million dollar upgrades have also been carried out on Muirs Highway. I continue to work hard to have road priorities in Warren Blackwood addressed, including Brockman Highway.
p Agri-Food Precinct
As Agriculture and Food Minister I have overseen a $75 million investment into saleyards at Muchea and in regional centres, to assist to grow the industry and build up the critical mass that is vital to its viability.
I have also overseen the establishment of the WA Beef Council, bringing together all the fragmented parts of the industry to improve communication all along the supply chain.
In 2009, support from Royalties for Regions enabled the Manjimup saleyards to re-open following a significant upgrade.
"A great deal of work has gone into finding a way to achieve an agri-food precinct in the South West and I'm confident it will proceed when we have the backbone investor prepared to build the abattoir, feedlot or other processing facility necessary to kick-start this project."