Candidates pre-selected

Newcastle Greens have pre-selected five candidates for the next state elections in 2007

The candidates are

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Michael Osborne who is a Ward 2 councillor on Newcastle City Council.

Michael has been pre-selected for the seat of Newcastle.

He is an environmental engineer, a worker for social and environmental change.

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Keith has been pre-selected for the seat of Wallsend.
Keith Parsons was elected as a Greens councillor for Newcastle City Council in March 2004 and served as Deputy Lord Mayor in 2004-5.

Keith has lived in Newcastle for 49 years and has been a committed community activist for over 30 years. He was educated locally and after working as an industrial chemist, taught Science and Maths from 1972 until he retired in 2000.

As an active trade unionist, Keith was a delegate to Newcastle Trades Hall Council from 1983 until 2005, President of Newcastle Teachers’ Association and a state councillor for the NSW Teachers’ Federation from 1984-2000.

He has a long background in environmental and heritage groups in the Hunter region and has been an active member of the National Trust and Parks and Playgrounds Movement since 1973. He was also president of the Newcastle Civic Association in the 1990s and vice-president of the Newcastle Cycleways Movement in the 1980s. He is currently vice-president of Newcastle Gallery Society.

Keith was an active member of the Labor Party from 1977 to 1999. He was an ALP Newcastle City councillor from 1995- 99 and Deputy Lord Mayor in 1999. Like many ALP members, he became disillusioned with Labor’s gradual merging of policies with the Coalition and the manipulation of party rules by Labor’s head office. He left the ALP in 1999.

Keith has been an active member of Newcastle Greens for over five years. In 2003, he was the Greens candidate for the State seat of Charlestown.

As a councillor, he is deeply involved with planning, heritage, environmental and cultural issues.

Some of his campaigns over many years include:
· Heritage listing of many Newcastle and regional buildings and sites
· Establishment of Glenrock State Recreation Area
· Establishment of King Edward Park on the National Estate Register
· Development of the Newcastle Bike Plan
· Stockton Bight National Park
· Save our Rail
· Citizens Earthquake Action Group
· Opposition to inappropriate high rise in the CCBD especially Honeysuckle and RNH sites
· Opposition to AWAs for Council employees
· Access and disability issues
· Initiatives which led to free Museum admission
· Establishment of a Council community newspaper and annual community awards
· Moved to commission the Currie Report which led to the State Government reversing its decision to cut the rail line into Newcastle

Phone 49 265301 or 0408446022

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Jane Smith has been pre-selected for Charlestown.

She was born in Singleton in 1965 and has been a Newcastle resident since 1983. Jane studied mathematics, history and education at Newcastle University and worked as a secondary school teacher in the local area for 12 years.

Jane was an active member of the youth group movement in the Uniting Church in the Hunter (the UYF), and during 1987-88 participated in the About FACE program, a faith and culture exchange with aboriginal communities in Arnhem Land.

Jane is married and has two children aged 6 and 8. Since becoming a parent Jane has worked in a variety of community based organizations which reflect her passion for social justice and fit in with her commitment to her family. Jane’s positions have included:

– tutor in the homework centre at the Multicultural Neighbourhood Centre,
– campaign worker for the Fair Wear Campaign (working for fair pay and conditions for outworkers in the Australian clothing industry)
– family worker at Merewether Uniting Church (supporting parents of young children through playgroups which used the church facilities)

Jane’s time is now divided between paid employment, parenting responsibilities and community involvement. Her current commitments include:

– teaching part-time in pre-vocational studies at TAFE,
– working in literacy groups and extension activities at Hamilton Public School
– a regular shift on the school canteen roster
– active involvement in the school P&C
– managing the co-curricular activities of two young daughters

Jane spent the past two and a half years serving on the Board of Management for the Hunter Region Working Women’s Group, most recently as Chairperson.

To contact Jane ph 49616864
Mob 0438 417 927

Charmian Eckersley has been pre-selected for Port Stephens. More about Charmian soon.

Suzanne Pritchard has been pre-selected for Lake Macquarie. Information about Suzanne will be posted shortly.

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