Kim Grierson

I have lived all my life in Newcastle and Lake Macquarie, worked here and raised my two daughters here.

I want our region to do well and for the people of Shortland to have excellent public education, well-funded healthcare, aged care facilities that are able to care for their residents, more affordable housing and a healthy environment.

As a member of Save Our Coast I have sought the end of Petroleum Exploration Permit (PEP) 11, which allows surveying, seismic testing and drilling for gas and oil off the coast of our electorate. Scott Morrison said the licence will end, but I do not want to see them changing their minds should the LNP get back into government.

I work with members of the Lake Macquarie and Central Coast Coal-ash Community Alliance and am a member of the Community Consultative Committee for Eraring Power Station. I want to see the more than 100 million tonnes of toxic coal-ash stored in Vales Point, Munmorah and Eraring removed and used to manufacture environmentally safe and economically valuable products.

This creates jobs for power station and mine workers and will ensure that the dams are emptied and the environmental threat to our region disappears. The Greens have more bold plans for a Just Transition that are fully costed, create good quality jobs and targeted support for workers and their communities.

The Greens will always stand for integrity and accountability in government. We want a strong federal ICAC so that you can have confidence that those elected work hard and in the best interest of our community. 

This is why I urge you to vote for David Shoebridge in the Senate. Greens in the Senate can play a significant role in holding the major parties to account. David’s work in the NSW Parliament has shown that he can work across all political boundaries to achieve better outcomes.

A Number 1 vote for me will show the major parties that you care about these issues. Your preferences will then flow to whoever you mark as Number 2 on your ballot paper.