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Protecting koala habitat, action on climate change, social justice and political transparency are some of the key elements to the Tweed Shire Greens ‘Keeping Tweed Green’ campaign that they are launching on 11 July.
Former Mayor and long term councillor Katie Milne is stepping down and throwing her support behind Murwillumbah local Dr Nola Firth and her team.
Lead candidate Dr Smith says she’s truly honoured and privileged to be taking over from Cr Milne, ‘Katie always stood up for the community and she has a deep love and understanding of our absolute dependence on a healthy environment’.
The Greens point out in their press release that ‘During her impressive 13-year tenure Cr Milne proposed over 400 initiatives including declaring a Climate Emergency and setting targets of zero carbon by 2030 and zero waste, steering the work of Council in a more sustainable direction. She also instigated Council’s economic development strategy, a sustainability review of water security and supply strategies, and stopped new water mining activities.’
Dr Nola Firth is the founder of Hospital Hill Landcare in Murwillumbah and an active member of the Caldera Environment Centre. She vows to ‘improve restoration of biodiversity in our internationally significant environment including water retention and soil regeneration initiatives and enhancing koala protection as well as greening and cooling of urban areas’.
Long-time Tweed resident Julianne Sandison is also on the ticket. Holding a Masters of Environmental Advocacy from the University of New England, she’s a ‘fierce and ethical advocate for the environment, addressing climate change and upholding civil liberties and human rights including support for refugees and the disadvantaged’.
Joanna Gardner who’s called the Shire home for more than forty years, ‘values our unique biodiversity’ and strongly opposes Gold Coast style development in the Tweed.
‘I will promote climate-friendly sustainable solutions such as water management including dams, droughts and address issues around water mining/extraction’, she said.
With a Master of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, registered nurse Angie Gittus is an active and highly respected pillar of the community. Her dedicated pedagogical and first-hand medical experience working with vulnerable climate impacted communities across the Pacific, has equipped her with the compassion, insight and experience so sorely needed in council.
Master mariner and active community member Bill Fenelon has thrown his hat into the ring too. ‘I support public transport, bicycle paths, affordable housing and strong climate action’, he says. He also endorses the key principals of the Greens party such as ecological wisdom, participatory democracy, social justice, nonviolence and respect for diversity.
‘We have the exciting opportunity and imperative to transform the challenges of climate change into economic and social benefit for all. We can create many new jobs by supporting industries such as renewable energy and recycling, greening urban areas, regenerating rural lands and restoring bushland and waterways. Improving foot and bicycle paths, and advocating for better public transport and affordable housing will also be part of my vision’, Dr Nola Firth said.
The campaign launch will take place on 11 July from 3–5pm at the Sheoak Shack Gallery Café in Fingal Head.The event is free entry and COVID safe so everyone needs to book a ticket. Food and beverages will be available at the bar. For more information and to register go The Greens social media page.
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