Greens launch election campaign in bid for a voice on Port Macquarie-Hastings Council

Campaign launched: Greens ticket for the September local government elections in Port Macquarie-Hastings, Stuart Watson, Lauren Edwards, Les Mitchell and Drusi Megget.
Campaign launched: Greens ticket for the September local government elections in Port Macquarie-Hastings, Stuart Watson, Lauren Edwards, Les Mitchell and Drusi Megget.

THE Greens will run a ticket at the September local government elections in a bid to have a voice on council.

Four candidates will run in Port Macquarie-Hastings with Lauren Edwards leading the charge for the party.

Ms Edwards is a local small business owner and has lived, worked, studied and volunteered in the Port Macquarie community over the past 22 years while raising her now adult daughter.

She will run alongside Stuart Watson, Les Mitchell and Drusi Megget.

Ms Edwards said she is proud to be running on the Greens ticket and brings a focus on grassroots participatory democracy, social justice, non-violence and ecological sustainability.

Stuart Watson is is seeking real action on climate change, an area of major policy failure, he says, by successive governments over many years.

He is a long term resident, husband and father, a small business owner and renewable energy consultant.

Years ago Mr Watson built his own electric vehicle, and continues to use this form of transport, which he believes will play an important part in our future.

"We are now living with human induced climate change, effects that have been predicted for years by climate scientists," he said.

"We owe it to our children and all species to act decisively and immediately to limit the damage. We have the skills and inventiveness to find the needed solutions, and are now being pushed even by our own school children to raise our game."

Mr Watson said he is proud to be the member of a party that doesn't take donations from fossil fuel companies or other large corporations, a party that has always cared about the environment and social equality.

Drusi Megget has lived in Australia for over 40 years since she moved here from New Zealand. She came to Port Macquarie in 1994 with her family.

Now retired, she has been a high school teacher, an IT analyst/programmer and a TAFE teacher. She has a long history of supporting community organisations such as Friends of the ABC, Climate Change Australia, Knitting Nannas and the P&C.

She has been a member of the Greens for over 20 years and has stood as a candidate for council twice. She is passionate about protecting the environment and wants to see positive and proactive action on the part of government at all levels to shape a future that's sustainable for all life on earth.

Les Mitchell is a father and grandfather and has a professional background in natural resource management. Despite being a relatively new resident, he is an active member of a number of Landcare and conservation organisations in the Port Macquarie-Hastings area.

He is particularly committed to the preservation and management of remaining bushland in this area and the long-term protection of koalas and other threatened species.

At the urban level he wants to see council expand opportunities for walking and cycling to reduce vehicle congestion on our roads and lessen the need for new road infrastructure, which will in turn reduce further impacts on urban bushland.

If elected as Greens councillors, they will act for the community on all matters with four major local objectives - climate action, improved public transport and transport alternatives, biodiversity and social equality.

The election will be held on September 4.

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