Hi, I'm Tony Lonergan.
I'm a high school teacher and community activist who grew up in the Muswellbrook area on a wheat and wool property.
After school I attended the University of New England where I attained an Honours Degree in Science, majoring in Geology and then worked with NSW Geological Survey.
After a period of living overseas, I returned to the family farm in 1981 where I still live with my partner Wendy. I have taught Maths, Science and Physics in three Upper Hunter high schools over the past 20 years.
Between us, Wendy and I have four young grandchildren. These children and concern for their future have been a major factor in my stepping forward to contest the seat of Upper Hunter in the March state election. The electorate needs a candidate who is committed to effective action on climate change. NSW must rapidly transition to 100% renewable energy, phase out coal exports and provide planning and resources to allow mining communities to take advantage of the opportunities this transition will provide.
I have assisted Greens candidates in all state and federal elections since 2004.
I am a member of the Community Consultative Committees for Dartbrook and Mt Arthur Mines, a member of the Hunter Environment Lobby, walks leader of the UH NPA, NCC representative on the Hunter Regional Weeds Committee, and a long-term member and past secretary/treasurer of Kayuga RFS.