Jonathan William Cassell

Candidate for Coffs Harbour

Hi, I'm Jonathan.

I'm a high school teacher who cares about what sort of future we create for our children. I stand for nature, a clean economy and a fair society.

I have lived in Emerald Beach, north of Coffs Harbour, for the past 15 years and was instrumental in an outstanding community win to stop a large urban property development of a local coastal wetland in 2016. Our Land and Environmental Court victory inspired my resolve that community can make a difference.

My activism is motivated by the needs of future generations, including most recently as a climate protector with a local climate action group. In late-2017, I was part of a #stopadani group that travelled to Townsville and successfully interrupted a state candidate economic forum sympathetic to the Adani mega-coal mine.

As an active member of the Coffs Harbour Greens since 2014, I was a Greens candidate for the 2016 Coffs Harbour local government election and elected group convenor the following year. I am also the campaign coordinator for the seat of Cowper in the upcoming federal election.

I take a strong stance on climate change, ecological economics, green development, public sector employment, environmental conservation, regenerative agriculture, youth disadvantage and mental wellbeing. I seek to understand the deeper structural causes of our social and environmental issues through eco-psychology and Indigenous sovereignty.

I am fiercely passionate about the state of our planet. As humans we have an opportunity, unlike that of any time before, to stand alongside our planet. When I look into the young eyes of my students and I see them waking up to the reality of environmental distress, I am deeply motivated to address the dysfunction of our current socio-political system.

I will represent our community values in parliament and hold the major parties to account. Together we can create a fairer and cleaner future for all of us.

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