Confirmed on Sunday 17th September by NSW Electoral Commission, THREE Greens councillors join Amanda Findley, the first Green Mayor for the Shoalhaven. Together with the Labor councillor Annette Alldrick, one third of the new Council will be pursuing progressive policies for the community.
Kaye Gartner (Ward 3), Nina Cheyne (Ward 1), Mayor Amanda Findley, John Levett (Ward 2)
News arrived during the Greens monthly meeting in Bomaderry on 15th September – Amanda Findley had been informed that Jo Gash had conceded the position of Mayor of Shoalhaven City Council. After preferences from the third candidate had been distributed, figures in the vote : Gash 25,096; Findley 26,490. The Ward candidates are to be formally confirmed on Friday.
With preferences and postals still to be counted, it seems assured on Sunday morning that Amanda Findley will become Mayor and THREE of Greens candidates will become councillors.
Here’s how the South Coast Register reported the Gash applecart being overturned!
AMANDA FINDLEY for MAYOR (more)
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She is supported by four candidates in each of the three Wards. Meet the candidates here.
“I’ve lived on the NSW South Coast for 17 years and have been representing the Greens on the Shoalhaven City Council for the past 8 years. My working life has been diverse – I’ve operated a family business, had a career in banking and now own and operate a cattle farm in the Milton area.
I’m a big believer in community consultation, which is why I chose to be part of a party that’s all about grassroots involvement. During my time on Council I’ve witnessed how important community involvement is to local projects and I’m convinced that local knowledge is an essential ingredient for finding solutions to local problems.
I also believe passionately in good land use planning, an issue that is highly contested in regional NSW. Very little protection is given to productive agricultural land and The Greens are the only party that have delivered a comprehensive plan for Australia’s food security, one that protects farms and waterways. The ‘old’ political parties have failed regional Australia by refusing to recognise the value of food production land.
As a beef cattle farmer, I understand the challenges facing many businesses in regional areas around the country, with difficult access to markets and reliance on road freight. I want to provide a voice for regional Australian farmers and business owners, to make sure that the issues that matter to us find a forum in the Australian parliament.
I’ve also seen how regional communities are affected by high unemployment, especially among young people. We need to provide services or those affected by underemployment and socio-economic disadvantage. And we need to give our young people reason to stay in regional areas, by providing work and education opportunities. The Greens are calling for investment in food production and in renewable energies, two industries that can provide jobs and training in regional areas for many years to come.
The Greens are a party that understand regional Australia and appreciate the essential role played by our regional and rural communities. We want to protect the well-being of those communities by providing health, education and cultural services as well as long term job opportunities and prospects for business. A vote for The Greens is a vote for the future of regional Australia.”
Below: Amanda Findley with David Shoebridge MLC NSW and the team of twelve candidates and supporters at the launch of the Shoalhaven Greens campaign.
The Gilmore Greens have announced their candidate, Carmel McCallum, for the upcoming federal election.
Carmel is a pharmacist and has been a Greens member since 2004 when she joined The Greens to support Andrew Wilkie in the Sydney seat of Bennelong after the Australian government invaded Iraq based on the weapons of mass destruction deception.
Carmel moved to the Shoalhaven area in 1978, to reside first in Vincentia and, later in North Nowra and Cambewarra. She is married to Howard, who served in the Navy as a helicopter pilot and they have four grown-up children. Howard’s naval postings took them to California in 1985-87, where one of their children was born, and then to the RAAF Headquarters in Glenbrook in the Blue Mountains in 1993 where they lived for almost 20 years. The McCallums returned to Cambewarra in 2012.
Carmel’s involvement in pharmacies has given her a wide range of business and social experience. She owned the West-End Pharmacy in Berry Street, Nowra for almost nine years and, as a result of her husband’s postings, has also worked in almost 50 pharmacies both as a casual and as a locum.
Currently, Carmel is Vice-President of Professional Pharmacists Australia (a division the union Professionals Australia) representing employed pharmacists. She also sits on the South Coast Labour Council representing the NSW Committee of Professionals Australia, and spent eight years as a councillor on the NSW Federation of P&Cs Associations, and was a board member on the Lower Blue Mountains Neighborhood Centre.
In 2007 and 2010 Carmel was The Greens candidate for the federal seat of Macquarie and campaign manager in 2011 for the state seat of Blue Mountains, where The Greens’ result yielded 17%. The local government areas in these electorates are similar to Gilmore, covering regional areas within a few hours of Sydney, having similar issues with lack of public transport, reduced services and beautiful fragile environments.
Of the coming Federal Election, Carmel says, “This is the most important election in my lifetime, with many of the wonderful things we take for granted, which have been built up over decades, now being undermined or diminished. My father and many others went to World War II to fight to keep our country the best it could possibly be. Our democracy is being threatened by a government that is portraying us as intolerant and unkind, always resorting to unreasonable treatment of those who are least able to defend themselves. There is a lack of honesty and transparency which exceeds any previous Australian government.
“I see living on the beautiful South Coast as a privilege. Seeing what’s happening in other parts of the country, where environmental protection is being sacrificed for short-term greed and permanent destruction is one of my greatest motivations.
“And it’s not leading to more jobs or better education opportunities. In the Shoalhaven we have recently seen our paper mill close and the Port Kembla Steel Works is now under threat. This government is taking away all levels of education and training opportunities for our youth and displaced workers: the role of TAFE has been drastically downgraded in the community and our universities are becoming unaffordable except for the very rich.
“The Australia I know can be so much more than this, investing in our future through education, training and job creation; nurturing health and wellness; growing renewable energy and greater innovation, while at the same time looking after and caring for the most vulnerable, including ‘those who come across the seas’ seeking our help.”
For more details contact Carmel McCallum on:
M 0499320877; Email: email@example.com