Bigg announces tilt at Legislative Council seat

THE Shooters, Fishers and Farmers party has named New Norfolk man Phillip Bigg as its candidate for the seat of Prosser in next month’s Legislative Council election. Mr Bigg was a candidate for Lyons in last month’s state election and stood unsuccessfully for a seat on the Derwent Valley Council in 2022.

Party leader Adrian Pickin tonight announced that Mr Bigg, the party’s secretary, would contest the Legislative Council vacancy caused by the resignation of Jane Howlett to seek a lower house seat in Lyons. “Phillip Bigg has
confirmed he will be standing for election in the seat of Prosser at the upcoming Legislative Council elections expected on May 4,” Mr Pickin said.

In a statement, Mr Bigg said he wished to respectfully convey to other candidates the need for “true representation” of Tasmanian communities. “Communities must not be held ransom by big business or political party agendas when reviewing what will become a part of our future for generations to come,” he said.

Mr Bigg expressed his frustration at what he perceived as a lack of community involvement in state political decision-making, adding it was one of the reasons he was putting his hand up for the Legislative Council seat. “I am so tired of seeing Bills put to the floor with no community-based input or representation,” he said. “We currently have Bills on the Table that, without proper checks and balances, have the potential to create not only more class division but to impede on individuals’ rights and freedoms.

Mr Bigg said he would like to see reinvestment into Tasmanian people and Tasmanian business. ““Our state is one of opportunity and beauty – we need not see it continue down this perilous path. Instead, let us prioritise community-focused governance to grow and prosper Tasmania for generations to come.”

The Legislative Council division of Prosser includes the Brighton, Tea Tree and Pontville localities located within the Brighton municipal area; the Sorell municipal area east of Orielton Rivulet and the Tasman Highway, including Sorell, Forcett and Nugent; and the Glamorgan-Spring Bay, Southern Midlands and Tasman municipal areas,
the Northern Midlands municipal area south of Conara Junction, including Campbell Town and Lake Leake.

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