Greens announce candidate for the seat of Richmond
THE Tweed Greens have announced their candidate for the seat of Richmond.
Community advocate, regional grants consultant, former small business policy advisor, environmental campaigner and president of Fingal Head Community Association, Dawn Walker will run against Justine Elliot and Matt Fraser in the hope of being elected to represent the Tweed in government.
"It's a real honour to be selected as the Greens candidate for Richmond. I have a passion for the Northern Rivers, its people and unique environment. Working in the community I have seen first hand the many pressures on our region and I'm keen to hear from residents, farmers and small businesses,"Ms Walker said.
" Richmond needs a fresh voice. Residents are telling me that they want a local member that is accessible to them - someone who will listen and speak up for our community in Canberra.
"I'm serious about preserving our environment, creating local jobs and investing in renewable energy.
"The Greens will work towards a better deal for all Australians by closing the mining tax loopholes and investing in education and dental services.
"This is in contrast to Labor, which has taken more funds from cutting single parent benefits than from the mining tax. I will support the Greens to reverse Labor's single parent cuts and lift the Newstart allowance to support local families."
Ms Walker said if elected her first action will to be to call for an urgent national moratorium on coal seam gas mining and introduce legislation to create blanket 'CSG no go zones' to protect productive farmland, villages, cultural heritage sites, national parks and drinking water catchments from the potential harm of this high-risk industry.