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.