By way of introduction, I am a civil engineer, with a Masters of Environmental Studies and a postgraduate Diploma of Management. I was born in Newcastle and, apart from a few years working overseas in the UK and on aid projects in the Solomon Islands and Vietnam, have lived in Newcastle all my life. I have three children.
I worked as a planning engineer for Hunter Water for two decades and built and managed their environmental consultancy business. I now work as an environmental consultant in private practice and as a casual academic at the University of Newcastle in subjects such as environmental planning and climate change policy and as a natural resource coordinator at Port Stephens Council. I am also the Convenor of The Wilderness Society in Newcastle and the Convenor of the Green Corridor Coalition, an alliance of more than 50 community and environment groups committed to the protection of biodiversity corridors in the Lower Hunter. In addition to this, I am one of the elected Greens Councillors for the City of Newcastle, being first elected in March 2004.
Members will know that the preselection was between Cr Therese Doyle and me and that the outcome was very close.
Therese and I have a close working relationship and we value each other’s counsel. We both know how important it is to represent issues and values that reflect the concerns of Newcastle members and the wider community. We both are members of community groups and come into contact with many people outside of our local membership. We both know the issues that so concern the community at large.
I consider it an honour to have had the opportunity to represent you since 2004 and to advocate Greens policies to the wider community as a Newcastle City councillor. I am honoured to represent you as the Greens candidate for Newcastle in the election on 14 September 2013.
Everyone involved in the Federal election campaign is committed to working to get Cate Faehrmann elected to the Senate and to improve or maintain our vote of 15.5% in Newcastle.
I realise many members and supporters are extremely generous with time and resources during election campaigns – and their contribution is greatly valued and appreciated. The more people who are involved during this election campaign, the more successful we will be.
Apart from handing out on Election Day, an easy way to be involved during the election campaign would be to install a placard in your front yard. We can get the materials to you, just let us know! It would be a big help!
If you can be involved in any way whatsoever, please contact our Campaign Coordinators Cathy Burgess at email@example.com or John Mackenzie at firstname.lastname@example.org
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