The Australian Independent Party has backed a care centre for injured dingoes on Fraser Island.
The Australian Independent Party has backed a care centre for injured dingoes on Fraser Island. Rachel Manssen

Independent party puts spotlight on animals for Fraser visit

THE Australian Independents party has focused on animal welfare issues on a three-day visit to the Fraser Coast.

Party leader Patricia Petersen declared policies for the minor party, including fully funding a Fraser Island care centre for injured, orphaned and sick native animals including dingoes.

Other policies included providing $250,000 to the Fraser Coast Wildlife Sanctuary in Maryborough, reducing oceanic man-made noise pollution in a bid to prevent whales from beaching themselves and a dedicated boat to tow stranded whales back out to sea.

Dr Petersen and deputy party leader Janene Maxwell-Jones joined hundreds of people in the annual Paddle out for Whales at Hervey Bay on Saturday.

"We were total novices when it comes to kayaking," she said.

"We capsized a couple of times.

"It was amazing when we all were silent for a minute out of respect for all the whales that had died unnecessarily from whaling."

Dr Petersen called for a fully funded coast watch service to protect and rescue whales.

In unrelated policies, she said her party was committed to Maryborough cane farmers receiving a further $10 million in direct funding.



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