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Mayoral candidate wants hemp farm to replace sport precinct

HEMP FARM: Jannean Dean said hemp was easy to grow and two crops could be harvested from the plant each year.
HEMP FARM: Jannean Dean said hemp was easy to grow and two crops could be harvested from the plant each year. Jerad Williams

A MAYORAL candidate is reaching high with a left-field plan to turn the land earmarked for the controversial $52 million sports precinct into an industrial hemp farm.

Jannean Dean and division nine candidate Jeanette Maynes announced their plan on Friday stating a hemp farm mean an economic and jobs boost for the region.

In Queensland a licence is needed in order to grow industrial hemp to commercially produce industrial cannabis fibre or seed.

Hemp can be used to make a wide variety of products such as building products, jewellery, paper, textiles and beauty products.

Do you think a hemp farm is a better idea than the sport precinct?

This poll ended on 12 January 2016.

Yes - 79%

No - 20%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.


The plant Ms Dean is talking about is the non-drug cousin of cannabis satvia.

She emphasised that a hemp plant could not be used to create drugs.

In December the Fraser Coast Regional Council was unable to secure $6 million in funding for the project from the federal government's National Stronger Regions fund.

Topics:  hemp, jannean dean, news, sports precinct




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