Farmers ‘have to be heard'
WHEN it comes to understanding the residents of our rural areas, Eliezer Robinson believes he is qualified.
That is why he's running for a spot on council.
Mr Robinson wants to have the voice of the region's farmers heard among the council chambers when it's time for decisions to be made.
In the past year Mr Robinson has bought 30,000 head of cattle in the Eastern Falls and Mid North Coast areas.
He also manages a livestock-carrying business and is very much aware of both sides of the coin when it comes to trucking issues.
Knowing the issues farmers face, Mr Robinson is running on the ticket headed by Rob McLennon with a simple method of finding out what rural voters want.
"I feel people want to be asked, not told; we need to listen to them, their needs," Mr Robinson said.
"They say a man's home is his castle but when council wants his land they just squeeze him.
"No more. This policy has to change.
"If elected I will push for the people to have a say and be heard.
"We need a way for ratepayers to be notified if something is happening on or near our properties. We are the owners of our land and need to be consulted."
The family of the active member of the NSW farmers association has lived in the city since the 1800s and Mr Robinson runs a 100-hectare cattle property at Coramba with his wife and two sons.
His recent achievements include organising the Lower Bucca Preschool auction, which raised more than $22,000 to build a toilet for kids with disabilities.