Wealth of ideas to support CH region
LONG-term Emerald resident and business owner Jim White is running for a spot on the CHRC as he wants to "bring some wealth back into the Highlands".
Mr White is an Emerald boy born and bred, having attended Anakie State School, Emerald State School and Saint Brendan's College, Yeppoon.
He served his motor mechanic, and diesel fitter apprenticeship locally, and with the growth of the mining industry, broadened his experience by working in both open cut and underground mines.
During the first mining downturn Mr White, who is a third generation farmer, gained work on a number of local agricultural properties.
These days Mr White runs Smith Welding, which he bought about 15 years ago.
"In my youth I was fortunate enough to have grown up in a family environment where service to the community was a priority," he said.
"My great grandfather and grandfather serve on the Emerald Shire Council where they were part of the major development and the provision of the huge infrastructure projects that are now sustaining the Central Highlands.
'The proposed local meatworks is a step in the right direction'
"During this period, the towns of Emerald, Capella, Blackwater, and Springsure were developed to support the growing agriculture and mining industries."
Mr White said he now "feared" the days of those major infrastructure projects were over.
"A dam in the upper reaches of the Nogoa River, that would alleviate the flooding of Emerald, would open tens of thousands of acres for irrigation purposes," he said.
"The proposed local meatworks is a step in the right direction and should be supported.
"I also feel that our precious rates need to be spent more wisely."
Mr White said the Central Highlands region had a lot to offer tourists and should be promoted as such.
"The mining and agricultural industries should also be aligned more closely to eliminate the excessive bureaucratic red tape for all future projects," he said. "The proposed levee bank for Emerald should be scrapped."