Ex-miner, Will Kemp, is an old bloke who recognises his generation have made a mess of the planet. He wants to take some of the responsibility for fixing up that mess, and help ensure that young people inherit a healthy environment and have the opportunity to live a long and happy life.
While he was operating trucks the size of a two-storey house in a large open cut mine, Will noticed the beginnings of land degradation issues that will probably last a very long time. Thinking about the people who would have to live with the mess for the next few centuries inspired him to study environmental science at university, in the hope of one day being able to help repair the damage done by irresponsible mining.
Will says “I want to see old, polluting mine sites properly rehabilitated and if I am elected, I will push the government to get their finger out and finish rehabiltating the Rum Jungle mine, which has been dragging on for nearly 40 years. Rum Jungle rehabilitation will have major benefits for the Daly electorate, including jobs and training for local people, as well as ending the ongoing pollution of the Finniss River.”