THE Greens have promised Northern Tablelands farmers and families a new approach to match the new boundaries of a seat which has expanded massively since the last NSW election.
“Since Northern Tablelands voters last went to the polls, our electorate has almost doubled in size,” said Greens candidate Mercurius Goldstein at the campaign announcement in Armidale last week.
“The addition of Moree and Great Plains Shire to Northern Tablelands means it is more important than ever for Greens to represent the needs of people on the land.
“At Agquip this year I heard from many landowners who are worried about multi-billion dollar mining and energy companies lining up to mine our food land. That’s why I was delighted to witness the launch of the Greens Sustainable Agriculture policy, which puts farmers first,” Mr Goldstein said.
“Greens are the only party with the policies and the track-record to secure the farmland which sustains our entire way of life.”
Mr Goldstein pointed out that farmers and Greens shared many interests in common including land care, water preservation, drought-proofing, the importance of sustainability and protection against CSG and coal mining.
“Greens understand that farmers want to leave productive, profitable and viable enterprises to the next generation, and our Sustainable Agriculture Policy is designed to make that happen.
“I’m excited to get out and meet more residents and landowners across this vast new electorate,” he said.
“Whether the issue is TAFE, CSG, farming, renewable energy, aged care, mental health or electricity privatisation, the best thing I can do is listen to the needs of Northern Tablelands residents and help them to be heard by the NSW Government.”
Mr Goldstein didn’t let the evening pass without some criticism of current and former NSW governments.
“At the last state election we saw the most corrupt Labor government in NSW history chucked out and replaced by what is shaping up to be the most corrupt Coalition government in NSW history, if ICAC is anything to go by. NSW citizens are entitled to MPs who will represent us, not whoever offers them the biggest bag of money.
“That’s why the Greens are campaigning for clean air, clean water and clean politics.”