Redman challenged by dairy producer

Declan BushCountryman
Liberal candidate Ross Woodhouse says the Government can do more for small business in Warren-Blackwood.
Camera IconLiberal candidate Ross Woodhouse says the Government can do more for small business in Warren-Blackwood. Credit: Declan Bush

Warner Glen dairy farmer Ross Woodhouse will run against Terry Redman as the Liberal candidate for Warren-Blackwood in the upcoming State election.

The 2010 Australian Farmer of the Year supplies Brownes Dairy and said he wanted to create opportunities for small businesses and agriculture.

Unlike some of his peers, Mr Woodhouse has not had his Brownes contract terminated, but is one of several suppliers who have had to cope with the processor’s low prices, which many producers have described as unviable.

Mr Woodhouse, 59, said he felt the region had been neglected in Government, and his message would resonate among dis-enchanted Nationals, Liberal and Labor voters.

“Small business, to me, is the future of the area,” he said.

“Agriculture’s probably never looked better.

“What we’ve done building our business needs to be brought to Government.”

Mr Woodhouse did not support WA Nationals leader Brendon Grylls’ proposed mining tax hike, and said focus on local infrastructure investment, while helpful, was not a long-term solution for the economy.

“I think right across the region, there’s a lot that Government can do to help small business,” he said.

The former schoolteacher said education and ramping up activity at Margaret River Education Campus were priorities.

Mr Woodhouse said he was a Liberal Party member for 40 years and it was his first time running for office.

“I’m running because I care, really,” he said.

“It’s not going to be easy, I’m not under any illusions.”

Mr Woodhouse has worked in land care and is a former chairman of Leeuwin District Health Advisory Committee.

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