My name is Theresa Moss and I am your Greens candidate for the seat of Cottesloe in the upcoming state election.
I am excited by the opportunity to be a voice for people who share my concerns about climate change and environmental and social justice issues in the western suburbs of Perth where I live.
I am originally from Germany and moved to WA in 2013 to live with my husband (who grew up in Cottesloe) after we got married - we now live in Claremont. During my time living in Perth, I have grown a deep affection for the peaceful way of life and natural beauty that the Cottesloe electorate provides - we particularly love taking our dog Clover to play at the amazing dog beaches and parks in the Cottesloe electorate. However, I have often thought that green issues, such as global concerns like climate change or more local topics such as recycling, could be served by stronger advocacy in Cottesloe. I strongly desire to be that advocate.
Ever since I was a young girl growing up in Germany, I have been drawn to the Greens movement. Saving energy, reducing waste, recycling, reusable shopping bags, looking after the environment and protecting animals are all imprinted in my DNA as a result of my upbringing and early experiences as a young girl in Europe. I firmly believe it is a necessity that we protect our oceans and rivers, forests, bushland and native animals. We all need to work collectively towards handing over a functional and liveable planet to future generations.
A clear way to achieve this objective is to move away from burning fossil fuels towards renewable energy sources - I believe this is achievable without any net loss of jobs. But while the WA Labor Government continues to take donations from gas and coal corporations, we can’t have strong action on climate change. “Only when the last tree has been cut down, the last fish has been caught, and the last stream poisoned, will we realise we cannot eat money.”
As we all know, whilst the COVID-19 pandemic has been a terrible global event, we have been relatively lucky in Western Australia that, so far, the virus has left us unscathed. We all hope and pray that continues. Despite the impact of the pandemic on WA being minimal, I have witnessed a strong sense of community develop - one where people care for one another and have, in my view, reassessed what really matters to them. I know first hand that all the money in the world is no substitute for the ability to spend time with one’s family. Whilst not being able to see my family in Germany for more than 15 months due to border closures has been difficult, I am encouraged and heartened by some of the positive changes the COVID-19 pandemic has brought about - and if I can’t be with my family I feel blessed to be able to live in a place like the Cottesloe electorate.
2020 has also shown how important it is to be in good mental health, resilient and be able to work through hard times. I am in my final year of a Bachelor in Psychology and Counselling and I am passionate about ensuring everyone has access to the right care in order to address issues concerning mental health. I am also particularly interested in the well-being of young mothers, children and families who I have been working with for the past few years. I also currently work with people with disabilities and indigenous children.
Right now, we have the opportunity to invest in community wellbeing by focusing on healthcare, schools, hospitals and transport, ensuring we’ve all got what we need to live a good life. I want to make sure that the most vulnerable people in our community get the help they need, because a society can only be as strong as its most vulnerable member - if elected, I would bring that key philosophy to my role as the Member for Cottesloe. I look forward to the opportunity to serve the people of the Cottesloe electorate.