Peltherre Chris Tomlins is an Arrernte and Warlpiri Elder. He is Greens candidate for Braitling in Mparntwe at the NT Election on August 22.
He grew up in East Side when it was parallel to Apartheid conditions and he wants attitudes in the whole of Mparntwe to change.
“I’m running as a NT Greens candidate for the election to use their political platform to heighten the responsibility that as adults, we must make sure that the children of our future generations are healthy and culturally connected. We must prioritise that kids stay on country and not get caught up in the criminal justice system, in custody. Our community must be youth centred. Keeping young ones out of the system and out of detention centres is preventing deaths in custody.”
“To have a safe and vibrant community, everyone has to make a change. The Police are no different and have to play a part in setting a good example with community values that are equal for everyone.”
Peltherre Chris Tomlins is the co-founder of the Bonnet Series, a program that under invitation from Elders on community, upskills participants with trade experiences with volunteers with long term trade skills and experience. The Bonnet Series also promotes a technology exchange for culture through art on country and in community.
Peltherre believes that connection and protection of country is the same thing.
“Fracking in the NT must be banned forever. For the protection of our water, land and future generations we need to be changing to 100% renewable energy and industries that meet custodians and expert’s standards of protecting our environment”