Greens look to economy

TWEED Greens candidate Andrea Vickers has identified three key factors for the region’s sustainable economic development.

Ms Vickers said improved regional transport, ecotourism and niche agriculture was needed.

“It’s important to ensure regional growth is well planned to preserve the region’s uniqueness and create sustainable lifestyles for locals,” she said.

“Tweed has the opportunity to develop and diversify our economy with renewable energy industries, ecotourism, and niche marketing of local agricultural produce, rather than relying on a building-industry-based economy which is vulnerable to housing market fluctuations.”

Tweed MP Geoff Provest did not respond to contact by the Tweed Border Mail.

Ms Vickers said economic integration with southeast Queensland was important to open up the region to the north.

“However, this requires careful collaborative planning at the local and state government levels.

“Promoting economic diversity, protecting our tourist-attracting natural assets, and supporting locally based businesses will also help to create long term economic security in the region.”



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