Bruce Currie, an allied independent with the Civil Liberties and Motorists Party, is a candidate for Gregory in the 2020 state election.
Bruce Currie, an allied independent with the Civil Liberties and Motorists Party, is a candidate for Gregory in the 2020 state election.

CQ grazier passionate about seeing change in region

CENTRAL Queensland grazier Bruce Currie has thrown his hat in the political ring for the fourth time.

Mr Currie, an allied independent with the Civil Liberties and Motorists Party, is a candidate for Gregory in the 2020 State Election.

The father of five has always lived on the land and runs a sustainable, extensive beef cattle enterprise at a property about 70km north of Jericho.

Mr Currie said he wanted to move away from complaining and actually work towards fixing problems across the region.

“It’s easy to go to functions and stand around talking about the problems we’re facing, but to a degree that just frustrates me,” he said.

“It was a personal challenge to run in the election to express my concerns for the issues but also to come up with acceptable solutions.”

He has always been passionate about regenerative agriculture and wants to contribute to creating a sustainable future.

Mr Currie said he would work to protect miners across the region, their jobs and their futures, rather than locking them into unsustainable jobs.

He also believes groundwater supplies need to be better protected, especially for the agricultural industry to thrive.

“Everything comes to a screeching halt when water supply diminishes,” he said.

“If climate change is going to happen, what will it do to the evaporation rate, to levels of rainfall.”

In line with AgForce, Mr Currie says we have to protect the Great Artesian Basin, not just for his business, “but for the future of the next generation”.

Maintaining his philosophies, Mr Currie said he would assess every Bill that went to parliament with a set of principles – ‘does it provide a sustainable future’ and ‘what does a sustainable population look like’.

He would also like to see unemployment rates drop, a reduction of overhead costs and would support local council.

“I’m a big fan of being a team player,” he said.

“I don’t think it’s my right to tell local government how they should spend their money.

“If it’s justified and it’s needed – improving health services – I would be there to support well thought out, strategically planned state-wide projects that look after the whole state and look after my electorate of Gregory.

“It doesn’t matter how much money you throw at bad management, it wont solve the problem, good management is making the best decisions with the money you’ve got.”

Mr Currie said it was up to the communities of Gregory to make change happen.

“If they don’t do something different, nothing will change.

“(Major parties) are not there to represent the electorate, they’re there to do what the party tells them.

“If people want true representation, vote one, Bruce Currie.”


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