Greens campaign for MidCoast Council launched!

The Greens urge voters to get on board and make a new start in local government elections.

Dheera Smith, leading candidate for The Greens in the upcoming MidCoast Council election, rallied supporters in Wingham on Saturday, 17th July outlining green ideas, solutions and values.

After meeting at the CWA Rooms, the group walked with signs and masks to Central Park, site of the recent controversial proposal for “beautification” – Council’s word meaning removal of valued green vegetation.

The Greens ticket members led by Dheera are: Jessica Harris, Denis Duval, Eleanor Spence, Helen Holliday and Sallie Colechin. Each candidate outlined their reasons for running.

Dheera emphasised three major issues the team will take to the electorate initially.

The Greens will prioritise caring for and preserving our unique natural environment, Dheera said. She acknowledged Northeast Forest Alliance activist Susie Russell who spoke earlier about protecting native habitat on private and public land.

Transport, footpaths and roads are also a priority and Dheera said Council could create sustainable jobs by using recycled materials to build the roads. She called for a plan for public transport to bring those who need it – especially young people and seniors – from outlying areas to the town centres so they can study, work and attend appointments.

Dheera said Council had a role in attracting and advocating for sustainable green jobs in the region, including renewable energy. “We want the jobs that will stay here and become part of the community.”

Dheera said one of the travesties of this amalgamated council is the geographical distance. “I want to see every council member who is elected go to Wingham; Go to Nabiac; Go to Harrington and Gloucester and do their job” Dheera said.

Holding a wooden sculpture of a yacht made from recycled local timber by a local artist, Dheera said “The boat is part of a new start for this district. Get on board and join our crew. Get out there and talk to your friends and neighbours and end that nexus of fear. The Greens stand for social justice, for environment and for sustainability and the future. And most of all The Greens stand for Climate Action because it has never been more important.”

To see more of The Greens for MidCoast Council’s policies visit: greensoncouncil.org.au/midcoast/

Email: greensmgl@gmail.com

Media contact: Dheera Smith 0403 406 630 Ariel Johnson 0411 852 452