Candidates get green thumbs up

THE Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland has given a tick of approval to Fraser Coast council candidates in a survey to measure their green thumbs, despite only half of the candidates giving a response.

The Fraser Coast chapter of WPSQ sent out the 60-question survey to 43 candidates, receiving 26 responses back.

"WPSQ acknowledges the frank admission by candidates who said they were unable to respond because they felt ill equipped to answer," survey co-ordinator Ruby Rosenfield said.

The stand out opinion across all the responses was the amount of open space potential councillors advocated for.

She said most of top-scorers agreed the Fraser Coast should aim for 30% open space in developments, compared to the 10% minimum in town planning laws.

Among the top-scoring candidates were Lance Stone, Stephen Keevil, Sue Brooks, Julie Morrison, Debbie Hawes, John Horrex, Belinda McNeven and Billie Rustin.

The survey included questions on development, pet laws, energy use and global warming and general environment questions.

Mrs Rosenfield said the group had been encouraged by the responses they received and hoped the new council would act on proposals with environmental values in mind.

"The society believes that candidates who espouse these values would provide the essential mix in a new council."

One mystery candidate was very sympathetic to the environment but failed to sign his name.

Contact the WPSQ Fraser Coast branch on frasercoast@wildlife.org.au for more information on the survey.

Topics:  candidates, fraser coast council



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