Hi, my name is Ben.
I work in the IT service industry, supporting local agriculture and food production industries. As a part-time engineering student, I'm passionate about sustainability and renewable energy. I believe we can make a better future.
I've seen our community go through the mining boom and bust. In the downturn, social and mental health issues escalate, and in the boom, other industries get crowded out. Ordinary people suffer while billionaires profit.
Our region relies too heavily on thermal coal, and we urgently need to diversify our economy. By raising royalties and making mining billionaires pay their fair share, we can create thousands of jobs building publicly owned renewable energy. We can transition to sustainable and emerging industries and leave nobody behind.
We can build a better future together and an economy for all of us, not just the big corporate donors. We deserve a system that works for everyone.