New voice for the Tweed in Sydney
A NEW Tweed voice is set to reverberate around the halls of power in Sydney, with the appointment of Fingal Head's Dawn Walker to the NSW Upper House.
Ms Walker will replace retiring Greens MP Jan Barham in the Parliament after winning an internal ballot involving thousands of NSW Greens members across the state.
A candidate in the previous two Federal elections, Ms Walker said she was "very humbled and excited” to have been chosen to represent the NSW Greens, and is expected to take up the seat when Parliament resumes in February next year.
"I think it is very exciting for the Tweed and the region that we have now been able to maintain a strong voice in the Upper House of NSW,” Ms Walker said.
"People want a strong voice on taking decisive action on climate change, they want renewable energy resources and they also want to make sure our services and our infrastructure are properly funded, that includes our hospitals, our TAFE college, our schools.
"I know Tweed people are also very concerned to maintain the integrity of our Crown Land and public land and they can see that is under threat by the Baird Government. They can see that landclearing laws are going to have an effect on our environment and particularly our koala population.”
Ms Walker rose to prominence as the head of Fingal Head Community Association where she led campaigns against flightpaths at Gold Coast Airport and protecting the dunes and shore birds. She has since campaigned to retain birthing services at Murwillumbah Hospital and against CSG in the area.
Ms Barham, who recently led a call for an inquiry into a possible cancer cluster at Mooball, was "delighted” to be replaced by Ms Walker.
"I have worked closely with Dawn for years and know that she is a strong campaigner and that she stands up for nature and community with great passion and integrity,” Ms Barham said.
"Dawn will be a strong advocate for the North Coast as well as serving the communities across the state.”
Ms Walker, a mother of three grown-up children, said she was hoping to take a holiday after Christmas, before preparing to take up her role in February.