Sue Abbott Greens Candidate for Upper Hunter.

Well-known Scone local and Upper Hunter Shire councillor Sue Abbott has been named as the NSW Greens candidate for the Upper Hunter by-election on May 22.

Ms Abbott, a Scone local since 1983, has served as a councillor since 2016, and has been a strong voice advocating for fairness, protecting the local environment and retaining local services.

Her husband is Richard Abbott, a local doctor at Scone Medical Practice, and together they have four children.

A passionate community campaigner, Ms Abbott said she will fight to bring back a fully functioning TAFE in Scone.

In the past, she played a key role in the community campaign to save Scott Memorial Hospital from the state government attempts to downgrade local care.

Ms Abbott said the Upper Hunter has been “grossly let down by the major parties” and this by-election is a “great chance for locals to vote for change”.

“I am committed to protecting the Upper Hunter’s air quality, farmland and water resources from the further expansion of the coal industry,” she said.

“Politicians need to be honest about the future of fossil fuels, the key driver of climate change and extreme weather events.

“This is an industry without a long-term future and we need policies to help map out a prosperous and healthy post coal future for the Upper Hunter.

“Any expansion of coal, gas or gas pipelines in the Upper Hunter electorate will hamper the diversification of the economy and lock the Hunter into a dead-end future.”

Greens MP David Shoebridge said the Greens are 100 per cent in support of rebuilding a fully functioning TAFE.

“Further education and quality training opportunities are critical requirements for workers to access the new economy.

“We see this as just the first step in building a prosperous post coal future for the region.”

Greens MP in the NSW Legislative Council Cate Faehrman said:

“Beyond excited this morning about the announcement that Councillor Sue Abbott is the Greens candidate for the Upper Hunter by-election!

The race until now has been dominated by business as usual politics and candidates desperate to prop up the toxic fossil fuel industry no matter the cost to people and the planet. But Sue fights for what’s possible, not just what’s easy, and with her the Hunter could be a jobs rich, renewable energy powerhouse.

I’m so excited to get on the ground with Sue to share the Greens positive vision for a future for all of us. Maybe I’ll see you on the campaign trail? Send me a message if you want to get involved!”