Roma woman Sherill Stivano running for Senate spot
FOR CountryMinded candidate Sherill Stivano, it’s not the next election that remains a concern for her – it’s the next generation.
The Roma local is standing for the Queensland Senate with fellow candidate Peter Mailler, having just helped launch their Maranoa candidate Luke Arbuckle last week.
Ms Stivano, who runs a hay and cattle enterprise near Roma, said she had long been an advocate on behalf of rural communities and remained committed to intergenerational equity.
“For CountryMinded, this election is about intergenerational equity and having the courage to do the job well,” she said.
“Our party formed out of frustration from the poor advocacy for rural communities over the last few decades, so we aim to provide a platform for people to represent their community and their issues.”
Fellow candidate Peter Mailler, from Goondiwindi, said the country faced a situation where the agricultural sector was unable to absorb any disruption to the market, with rural communities currently “in crisis.”
Mr Mailler said a political solution was needed, with CountryMinded providing aiming to empower regional communities through the halls of parliament.
“There are people who are attaching themselves to the agricultural issue because there’s votes in it; it’s all a bit disingenuous,” he said.
“We need an uncompromised rural and regional advocate and political conscience in Canberra that reminds the political system and electorate of agricultural importance.
“The decline in rural and regional communities needs to be addressed, and it starts with agreeing there is a problem in the first place.
“We’re working towards change one vote at a time.”