Candidate for Albany
David Rastrick is The Greens (WA) Candidate for Albany in the 2017 WA election.
David Rastrick is a community advocate and professional musician who enjoys sharing the joy of music with people and using it to connect with community.
He is standing with the Greens as he believes in delivering the best outcomes for everyone - farmers, families, students, the aged, people with diverse ethnicity, sexual and/or gender diverse individuals, and those less fortunate in our society.
The Greens stand for local farmers and their long term ecological and economic sustainability, rather than big financial gains for global corporations, for freedom and compassion for all, for common sense and working together cooperatively towards common goals.
Growing up in regional WA, Torbay not far from Albany, David has been inspired by the beauty of the land and its people. The region has changed over the years, and David sees the growing diversity of our communities and our economy as essential for future resilience as we face challenges such as global warming. He strongly believes the health of the land is our future, and considers himself lucky to be here in Noongar country. David maintains that our contemporary culture can learn from the original caretakers of the land to bring back its natural balance.
David firmly defends the Greens commitment to grassroots democracy, and the input members have in forming policy. He has helped shape the Greens policy commitment to revitalising the timber industry by shifting timber production into plantations and farm forestry, and ending the destruction of our native forests and unique threatened species.
David feels strongly about transitioning to renewable energy - a very achievable goal, which can provide all our energy needs and provide ongoing employment to the regions. The technology to do so already exists, and all that's needed is the political will to break the fossil fuel habit; a habit which is backed by the old parties, big business and major advertising dollars. David sees the Greens integrity and vision as the way forward.
David supports Royalties for Regions, a program originally suggested by the Greens as Rural Renewal, seeing that it would be most useful if RfR were directed to communities to realise their aspirations and meet their long-term needs, rather than to support mining companies or to replace funding cuts in government departments.
David supports actions to stop new on-shore gas extraction as it is unnecessary and poses risks to local communities, including groundwater contamination and a perpetuation of high greenhouse gas emissions. Any state supported energy investment would be most effective in meeting our long-term energy needs if directed to renewable energy sources.
David welcomes other political parties stepping towards the Green vision of improving the health of our native forests by ensuring protection of our native forests, creation of new national parks, and re-invigorating a long-term plantation timber industry
The Greens aren’t afraid to stand up for country, community and those in need. The Greens have the courage to listen to what matters to the community, and to the best available science, and lead a way forward; that’s why David stands with the Greens.