Janet Murray

Greens Candidate for Cessnock

Hi, I’m Janet Murray.

I’m running for The Greens in Cessnock because we urgently need a plan to transition away from coal into renewable energy – and the major parties are showing no signs of delivering this!

I’m a chemical engineer and worked at BHP’s Newcastle Steelworks for nearly 20 years until retrenched in 1999. People used to believe Newcastle wouldn’t survive the closure of the Steelworks, but it has.

Similarly, the Hunter Valley can thrive after coal.

As a chemical engineer, I am driven by facts, data and scientific research. Together with 97% of the world’s climate scientists, I believe climate change is real and that humans have been the key driver. According to the World Meteorological Organisation, the 20 warmest years on record have all been in the last 22 years, with the top four in the last four years.

It’s time to get our heads out of the sand, listen to the scientists and take action on climate change. The community will embrace any plan that also ensures today’s mining and power workers have access to training that leads to meaningful employment in 21st-century jobs.

I have lived in the Cessnock LGA for 25 years. Throughout that time, I have been part of local community groups fighting to preserve the environment, rural character and amenity of the Buttai/Black Hill area.

Having seen first-hand the operation of Council, the Department of Planning and the Land and Environment Court, I know the odds are stacked in favour of developers. Local communities need to be informed earlier of plans for their area and given a genuine voice to modify projects to protect their amenity and environment. After all, we’re the ones who will be living next door, long after the developers have gone!

I have two teenage children. I am standing for The Greens because we need to clean up the mess we have made, not leave it to the next generation.

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