MEDIA RELEASE 14th February 2019: Australian environmental icon and former leader of the Australian Greens Dr Bob Brown will launch the Ballina and Lismore Greens Campaigns at Bangalow A&I Hall on Friday, February 22, from 6pm.
Tamara Smith, Member for Ballina and Sue Higginson, Candidate for Lismore will join Bob and Queensland Greens Senator Larissa Waters on the podium at this sold-out event.
Ian Cohen, the Greens first NSW MLC and Bob’s compatriot at the Franklin River and anti-nuclear protests will MC the event.
The Northern Rivers is Australia’s heartland of progressive environmental politics and this support from the Party’s most respected current and former representatives underlies the enormous energy propelling Tamara and Sue’s people-powered campaigns.
Ms Smith said; “I am so proud to share this auspicious moment with such a powerful and united team. Retaining Ballina and winning Lismore is essential to advancing the voice of our great region. The future here is Green! The Greens have never been stronger in the Northern Rivers and this is going to be a great night with Bob Brown and Larissa Waters joining us to share our plan for a future that supports community and puts our environment front and centre.”
Ms Higginson, who is campaigning hard in one of the most marginal and decisive seats in the State said:
“Bob Brown knows how important this election is for us here. NSW is dragging the chain on climate change and the environment and only the Greens can change that.
“NSW is Australia’s largest coal producer, we have no sound energy policy, we are still logging our native forests, driving threatened species to extinction and killing our rivers.
“We are heading to a likely hung Parliament and we need Greens from the Northern Rivers in the balance of power who will be strong voices for our region. We are the only party that refuses corporate donations, we are the only political representatives that can’t be bought.”
Lismore blues artist Davey Bob, a balladeer of the CSG movement, will play two rousing sets during the evening.