Candidate for Agriculture
Ian James is The Greens (WA) Upper House Candidate for the Agriculture region in the 2017 WA election.
Cunderdin-based broadacre farmer, innovator and father of four, Ian James, joined the Greens after becoming frustrated with the lack of care shown by other parties for people living on the land. A farmer his entire life, and in the process of obtaining organic certification for his own property, Ian has a deep respect and appreciation for the land which sustains all of us.
Ian is an active member of his community and has seen first-hand the impacts suffered by primary producers at the hands of Coles and Woolworths, particularly the price war on milk which has seen many farmers struggling to make ends meet.
The threat of fracking is ever-present across the Agricultural region and the apathy towards the potential consequences from Government is felt strongly. Ian strongly believes all land holders deserve the right to lock the gate to this toxic industry and protect the water that they, and everyone else down the production line in Perth, depend on.
No stranger to adversity, Ian understands the challenges facing regional communities in responding and adapting to climate change, whilst improving the poor social outcomes that have been exacerbated by diminished access to services, and a lack of future planning and diversification.
Under the Greens proposed renewable energy infrastructure projects the Agricultural regions of Western Australia would be flooded with new jobs, allowing young people to stay close to home by revitalising shrinking rural towns.
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