Mildura Weekly : Friday March 7 2014 Vol 8 No 18
www.milduraweekly.com.au 22 Mildura Weekly – 07/03/14 IN THE RIVERLAND THIS WEEK STATE ELECTION 2014 LIBERAL incumbent Member for Chaffey Tim Whetstone (RIGHT) believes water security remains the foremost issue in an electorate that is home to South Australia’s food bowl. Representing thousands of food producers, he has worked closely with the community and at State and Federal level on all issues with water security and the River Murray. Tim was elected to the seat of Chaffey in 2010, beating then Water Minister Karlene Maywald with a 20 percent swing. As a former irrigator of more than 20 years at properties in Overland Corner and Renmark, and being a fourth generation farm- er, Tim was also a Renmark Irriga- tion Trust director and South Aus- tralian Murray Irrigators’ chairman. His passion for water, agricul- ture and horticulture is clearly evi- dent. “Water security continues to be the number one issue impacting upon Chaffey residents,” he said. “I have had a strong focus on wa- ter policy and reform, and am do- ing everything I can to represent our food producers given my back- ground in the industry.” As Member for Chaffey, Tim has played a leading role in his com- munity’s response to water reform in the Murray-Darling Basin, and continues to advocate for a fair and balanced outcome for the Murray and the river communities which rely upon it. He is also active in pro- moting Chaffey as one of the State’s premier food bowls, wine regions and tourist destinations. In February, the Mallee officially became part of Chaffey with the electorate boundaries almost dou- bling in size. “The region is very diverse, and I have embraced the opportunity to represent the Mallee community,” Tim said. “There are a number of important issues con- cerning Mallee residents, includ- ing the cost of living, conditions of roads, supporting small businesses and supporting our farmers.” Tim is a strong supporter of agricultural research and a robust biosecurity regime in South Australia; with an increased threat of fruit fly out- breaks from 2010, he successfully campaigned for the maintenance of 24-hour operations at the Yamba quarantine station when the Labor Government moved to reduce oper- ating hours. He is also an advocate for better health and education services and facilities in regional South Austra- lia, particularly in Chaffey. Appoint- ed as Parliamentary Secretary to the Deputy State Liberal Leader in 2013, Tim has taken on additional responsibilities in the areas of heavy transport and emergency services. He says he has always advocated for better maintenance of the State’s regional road network and im- proved transport infrastructure to service the agricultural and mining sectors. In his spare time, he enjoys fish- ing, spending time with his children Nic, Charlotte and Eliza, and tinker- ing with his boats and motorbikes in his workshop. Water a big issue for Chaffey’s Tim JASON Garrood (RIGHT), a semi-retired General Practi- tioner who picked apricots in the Riverland as a university student, is the Greens candidate for Chaffey. Jason Garrood said that while he worked in Stirling and Adelaide as a GP he had previ- ously worked in the semi-rural areas of McLaren Vale and Mt Barker. “Now that I have some time I would like to put something back into the community and do it in the right way,” Jason said. “When I was living in McLaren Flat we had a small farm and vineyard, so while I am by no means an expert, I know a bit about it. Also be- ing a GP I am very committed to health and mental health. I am very aware of the problems that rural people have getting proper health care - especially mental health.” Dr Garrood is married with four adult children, and four grandchildren, which he said had increased his interest in seeing people have access to good education. He believes in standing up for the preservation and sustainable management of the Murray, and enjoys a long connection with the Riverland, where he has spent many family holidays. Jason said he understands the competing interests for wa- ter, and believes he can contrib- ute constructively to the debate, recognising the Riverland’s pio- neering work in efficient irriga- tion. “Taking care of the River Murray is crucial for environ- mental health and for agricul- ture,” he said. Sustainable living has been another priority for Jason since his twenties – particularly in housing, renewable energy and (more recently) electric vehi- cles. He says he is continually working for peace, sustainabil- ity and grass roots democracy. 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