Candidate statement – Gregg Cook

I LIVE in Maffra and work as a dairy farm manager and understand the issues faced by farmers.

I also work part-time as a family law and farm debt mediator and have a secondary and adult education teaching background.

I am a keen contributor to the Maffra SES and a member of the Maffra Lions Club.

As the only farmer candidate in this election, I want the water savings strategies recommended in the MID 2030 to be implemented.

I want to protect productive farmland from urban sprawl.

The rates farmers pay should not be based on their farm value, but the productivity of their farm and their capacity to pay.

Rural roads need to be safer and constructed to cope with the larger milk tankers and farm machinery that are now putting higher pressures on these roads.

As the chairman of the Maffra Recreation Reserve committee, I will continue to advocate for new light towers.

Maffra needs a pedestrian crossing on Powerscourt St, connecting the residential areas to the schools and main street.

The community must be better consulted on street trees, pedestrian and cycling pathways and how they should connect within and between the towns.

We need more efficient and frequent public transport connections, especially for the linkages between Heyfield, Maffra, Briagolong, Stratford and Rosedale.

I firmly advocate for a Wellington Shire that protects our significant heritage values and our unique environment, promotes the present business and growth opportunities and develop plans for a prosperous future.