Greens leave preferences to voters
COWPER Greens will leave preferences up to the voter for next month’s federal election.
Greens’ candidate Dominic King said the party was an independent, grassroots party and which decisions based on its own philosophies, so it had elected not to direct their preferences to any other party.
The Greens see the 65-metre tall Vincent Tree, located at Bruxner Park, west of Coffs Harbour, as representing both the past and the future generations living in the region. The 2.27m diameter flooded gum is one of the biggest trees in NSW.
Mr King, who resigned from his teaching job at Bowraville to run for the seat, said he wanted to see Cowper become a hub of sustainable food production, eco-tourism and social enterprise.
“We are also the only party that is focusing on the long-term future of the region and pushing for action to make our roads safer by building a rail network for freight and passengerw.”
Mr King said the Federal Government needed to support sustainable food production with grants; with support for community-assisted agriculture, ecotourism and value adding to locally-produced food, which would also provide new businesses and new jobs.
“There are new ways of growing food and protecting the environment,” Mr King said.
“Young people in Cowper are looking for jobs and wanting to stay here.”
Mr King, who teaches tourism to Year 12 students, said visitors did not come from overseas ‘just to drink in pubs’ and there was more to tourism than flash resorts, massages and day spas.
“Overseas interests are buying Australian farmland. We need to appreciate our agricultural land and not build big developments with no vision.
“Why haven’t The Nationals done anything to protect the area?”