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Greens announce Dawn Walker as Richmond candidate

Greens announce Dawn Walker as Richmond candidate
Dawn Walker with local Greens at Brunswick Heads last week

Following a rigorous pre-selection, the Greens have selected Tweed Coast community advocate Dawn Walker as their candidate for the 2013 federal election. Ms Walker is a regional grants consultant, former small businesspolicy advisor,environmental campaigner and community advocate through her work as President of Fingal Head Community Association.

“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.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.

Coal Seam gas

This election has shone the spotlight on coal seam gas (CSG). Just last month federal Labor approved 110 new coal seam gas wells in NSW, paving the way for a fivefold expansion of the industry.The Nationals have also failed rural communities on this issue. We don’t need a squabble between the two old parties on this critical issue - we need decisive action.

It’s great news that Metgasco is suspending its CSG activities in the Northern Rivers,but the threat remains for our region. Despite strong community opposition, the current Federal Government has approved every coal seam gas mining application referred to it. The recent bill to make water a trigger for federal intervention on coal seam gas mining approvals does not go far enough to protect our communities from this unproven industry.

If elected to Parliament, my first action will 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 our productive farmland, villages, cultural heritage sites, national parks and drinking water catchments from the potential harm of this high-risk industry.The community know that its strongest voice against CSG is a Green one” said Ms Walker.

Media Contact: Dawn Walker 0411 404 588          Facebook: ‘Dawn Walker for Richmond’

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