DAYS out from the election, Belco Party candidates have promised to stop animal cruelty in the territory and establish a new business hub in Belconnen.
If Belco Party candidate and leader Bill Stefaniak helps to form government on Saturday (October 17) he says the party will take real action to stop cruelty to animals.
“There are few things lower than being cruel to defenceless animals,” says Mr Stefaniak, who has a spoodle called “Belco Bailey” and has adopted a koala through the World Wildlife program called “Blinky Belco”.
“Many animals rely on humans and it sickens me when I hear of wanton acts of cruelty against an animal who just wants to love and be loved in return by its humans.
“The RSPCA tells of horror stories involving animal cruelty and neglect and the cretins who perpetrate these atrocities need to be held to account.
“Despite increasing penalties for cruelty to animals the penalties are still too low, so we need something else to deter cruelty to animals, [such as] a register, with its capacity to name and shame would do this.”
As for the business hub, candidate and businessman Chic Henry is promising to create a new innovation and business hub on the west side of the Belconnen town centre, if elected.
“The special precinct would provide benefits for new startups to innovate across all areas of business, and provide tax relief for small businesses who innovate in areas such as health, education, manufacturing, recycling, renewable energy, and urban agriculture,” Mr Henry says.
“This commitment would encourage new investment in the Belconnen town centre and revitalise the light industrial precinct.
“The area would be encouraged to support global trade, rooftop gardens, solar energy and storage, and electric vehicles.”