- Protect our land and water from mining.
- Honesty and integrity in politics
- Local jobs
- People before profits
- Improved heath and education services.

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Rivers Key Concern in Greens’ Campaign

Janet, Jeremy Buckingham and supporters
Greens candidate for the Clarence by-election, Janet Cavanaugh, today opened her Casino campaign office accompanied by Jeremy Buckingham MP, the NSW Greens’ mining spokesperson and member of the current parliamentary inquiry into coal seam gas mining.
Ms Cavanaugh, a qualified engineer and environmental manager, also stood for the Greens in the March state election.
Ms Cavanaugh said: “I’m standing again to give Clarence voters another chance to vote for integrity in politics, better health and education services in our area and to protect our land and water from mining.
“With antimony mining in the catchment of the Coffs-Clarence water supply and coal seam gas operations expanding near Casino and Whiporie, mining threats to the Clarence’s water and food security are set to be a major issue for the poll on 19 November.
“I love this area: my connections to it go back five generations,” she said. “I want to see Clarence develop and grow, but mining is not the answer, especially when we’re talking about sacrificing our rivers and the industries they support: farming, fishing and tourism. In contrast, mining creates just a handful of short-term jobs.”
Mr Buckingham said: “The Greens are calling for a moratorium on coal seam gas while the risks are being assessed.
“Thanks to The Greens, the parliament is running an inquiry into the impacts in communities like Clarence. It makes sense to have the moratorium in place until the inquiry reports and its recommendations are implemented.
“Clarence voters have been given a second chance to vote for someone they can trust to put people before company profits, and to tell the government they want clean politics and a clean environment in NSW.”
The Greens campaign office is located in the Casino Centre Arcade, in Walker St. It will be open most days until the date of the by-election on 19 November.  Members of the public are invited to come in and talk to us about their issues in the Clarence electorate.

Contact:        Janet Cavanaugh – 0429 479 968,  Jeremy Buckingham – 0439 460 691


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