Greens set two local priorities ahead of election – News Of The Area
Leading Greens Senate candidate for NSW David Shoebridge and Greens candidate for Cowper Timothy Nott met with Gumbaynggirr elders at the Muurrbay Language Center this week to talk about priorities for First Nations people in this upcoming federal election.
Mr. Shoebridge and Mr. Nott were welcomed into the country by Uncle Micklo Jarrett who said: “Housing, education, employment, language and culture are the most important things that in my opinion opinion, will benefit my people, the Gumbaynggir people.
Uncle Micklo Jarrett also stressed the importance of protecting the environment.
“Protection of our forests, protection of our waterways, protection of our sacred places, this should be what the Gumbaynggirr people and all who live in the lands of Gumbaynggirr should be.
“It should be about the protection of all animals, all forests, all waters and all sacred places.
“It’s who we are,” he said.
Mr. Nott said, “As a community representative, I will bring the voice of First Nations peoples to bear in decision-making regarding the outcomes of Indigenous heritage management as well as housing, education, employment and culture.
Mr. Shoebridge said, “By empowering First Nations communities, putting decision-making and funding in local communities, we can ensure that First Nations people thrive and live well in this country.
Greens will use the checks and balances in the federal parliament to ensure the next government works with First Nations communities to deliver results on housing, education, health, climate protection and First Nations environment, and First Nations treaties and justice.
Mr Nott is also concerned about the threat of logging in Pine Creek Forest, where he was joined by NSW Green MPs Cate Faehrmann and Sue Higginson.
“Now we know that indigenous logging operations are losing money and therefore taking money from the community to remove valuable forest, I can’t support that,” Mr Nott said.
“Other forest products, water resources, carbon sequestration, tourism, animals, plants and the mental health values of these forests have been devalued and community wishes ignored.
“The Great Koala National Park is the best opportunity to limit the loss of these values and reverse irrational management in the short term.
“We must stop degrading our natural resources for the continued thirst for profit.”
He said the Great Koala National Park was the right social, economic and environmental thing to do.
Cate Faehrmann backed him up, saying, “Pine Creek is a vital corridor for koalas from the coast to the plateaus and must be protected for this population to thrive and grow.
“Any politician who fails to commit to protecting and expanding their habitat is essentially signing the koala’s death warrant.”
By Andrew VIVIAN