Almost half of the voters in the Flinders Electorate surveyed in a phone poll undertaken on behalf of Grain Producers SA (GPSA) are more likely to vote for a candidate or political party with policies that support the grain industry.
The seat of Flinders hosted GPSA’s first State Election Forum in Cummins this week with three candidates answering questions about issues important to grain growers and the community.
GPSA Chief Executive Officer Brad Perry said the results of the poll, undertaken by uCommunications, demonstrate that issues important to grain growers are also vital to the communities in which they live.
“Almost 50 per cent of voters polled in the Flinders Electorate are more likely to vote for a candidate or political party with policies supporting the grain industry and this really shows the importance of our sector to the Eyre Peninsula and South Australia,” Mr Perry said.
“GPSA recently released its 2022 State Election Priorities and we are urging all candidates and political parties running in this election to back our policy agenda.
“According to the poll, voters in Flinders want to see commitment to addressing the regional road maintenance backlog, doing more about mobile blackspots in farming areas and helping farmers adapt to a changing climate.”
The phone poll results included:
- 83% believe the grain industry is very important or somewhat important to the state’s economy
- 87.4% believe it is very important or somewhat important for the candidate they vote for to commit to fixing roads
- 92.7% strongly agree or agree the State Government should do more to fix mobile blackspots in farming areas of Flinders
- 79.2% strongly agree or agree that more needs to be done by Government to help farmers adapt to a changing climate.
- 46.4% are more likely to vote based on commitment to investing in research for the grain industry
Mr Perry said Monday night’s forum in Cummins was an outstanding success with an engaged audience in attendance.
“GPSA’s first State Election Forum was hailed a success with three candidates attending to provide their reasons why grain growers and the community should vote for them,” Mr Perry said.
“There was a raft of issues raised from road funding, loss of rail and adaption to climate to challenges around planning development on farming land, connectivity, land use conflict and health care.
“We had very positive feedback about the forum from those in attendance on the night and also people who tuned in live via GPSA’s Facebook page.”