Hello, I’m Machelle Vaughan-Cartner and I’m excited and honoured to be your Greens Candidate for the Pilbara this election.
Relocating from NSW to the Pilbara in 2008 I fell in love with the natural ancient landscapes and red earth. A land so breathtaking that I’m proud to call my home.
As long as I can remember I have had a strong passion for land conservation and our native wildlife. As a child I spent a good portion of my life at NSW’s Myall Lakes, where I had many encounters with our native wildlife in their natural environment.
One particular species caught my attention as a young girl, the dingo. From here it grew into a lifelong passion. I am a voice against the constant persecution by widespread 1080 baiting of Australia’s only land top order predator. Just like the Wolves of Yellowstone Park, scientific research has identified the dingo as crucial to land and wildlife conservation, ecosystem health and resilience.
Over the years people have bought in orphaned dingo pups for me to rescue, leading me to establish an orphan dingo rescue service in the Pilbara. Pilbara Wildlife Carers Association Inc offered me an affiliation for Desert Dingo Rescue and we also work closely with SAFE rescuing the little wild born pups under Wildlife, to rehabilitate and re-home the pups to savvy dingo knowledgeable people. Word spread quickly about our rescue service and Desert Dingo Rescue now rescues orphaned dingo pups throughout WA.
We are in a climate emergency. Our precious places and native wildlife are under threat and while the McGowan government continues to support gas and coal corporations our wildlife, waterways, bush and farmland face the catastrophic consequences of climate change. It’s not too late, but we must act now.
Addressing homelessness is my key priority in the Pilbara region. Homelessness is a serious issue, affecting many people. I have been working in the community services sector for the last 6 years. Working firsthand with our community’s homeless people has taught me a valuable lesson; homelessness can happen at any given moment, to anyone regardless of who we are. We should never take things for granted.
We’ve seen no changes with the State Governments 10-Year Strategy on Homelessness introduced in 2018. People on the waitlist for a 1 and 2 bedroom property have a 7 year wait. It’s just not good enough, it is a human right, everyone is entitled to affordable, safe and secure housing.
I joined the Greens because they understand that homelessness is a critical concern in the regions and have bold plans to build social housing over the next 3 years. They have also always fought hard for protection of the dingo, understanding that they play a vital role in our landscape.
To ensure our regions are able to thrive, we must invest in rural health and mental health services, educational opportunities and innovative industry practices in agriculture, forestry and in the renewables sector - all providing quality long-term local jobs.
The Greens will:
- Improve health and mental health services in the regions.
- Establish a world-class regional transport system for Western Australia.
- Invest in small-scale renewable energy projects and ensure a just transition for workers in the fossil fuel industry.
- Protect our forests and create a sustainable, high-value plantation-based timber industry.
- Support regional tourism by investing in WA’s eco-tourism and First Nations cultural tourism sectors.
- Support farmers and farming communities transition to sustainable and regenerative agricultural practices.