A farmer’s voice

Peter Swift for Agriculture

Peter Swift for Agriculture. "Real Fibre-optic communications for the regions, not shonky satellite services."

Peter Swift for Agriculture. “Real Fibre-optic communications for the regions, not shonky satellite services.”

Peter’s family owned Kimbolton Station in remote north west of Western Australia, a property of some one million acres. In the 1960’s, education was provided by School of the Air and any medical care and emergencies were handled by the Flying Doctor service. It was 40 miles to the nearest neighbour and 100 miles to the nearest town. Being resourceful was a way of life.

At the age of 14, he commenced his apprenticeship with BHP on Koolan Island and became a highly skilled heavy duty equipment diesel mechanic. He worked for many years in the mining industry and also qualified as a commercial pilot. He has participated in community groups such as Rotary and in recent years has spent an extensive amount of time involved in property rights issues.

Why the seat of Agriculture?

Peter’s dream has always been to own and run a farm, breed livestock and be involved in his community. During a visit to the UK, Switzerland and Italy in 2006 and again in 2016, Peter met with a number of the farming community to learn more about the challenges of farmers on the other side of the world. At the heart of the people he met was the shared love of their land, their animals and a keen sense of commitment to preserve and protect farming for future generations. Peter now farms in Pindicup.

This election Peter is campaigning for

“the rights of landowners in Western Australia. Government and other relevant bodies need to engage with our farming communities to ensure the voices of people on the land are heard.”