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.