Green politics is powered by people! It gives me so many reasons to stand up and make a difference!!
I love where I live and the people in the east of Victoria.
I love its mountains, hills, long coastline, communities & people.
I don’t know when this love affair started, but it was probably there from the beginning. I have photos of me as a toddler on the beach at The Prom. And more photos of me in the back of mum’s ruck sack up in the high country (no kiddie carriers in the 60s – it was the ol’ Mountain Mule then!)
Green politics came later, but grew out of a love for the wild places in this part of our land. I campaigned to save the precious, diverse, old-growth forests of the Rodger and Yalmy in East Gippsland. I learnt community campaigning and empowerment from the campaigners returning from the Franklin campaign. I got involved in the Greens. I stood for election – three times now (2010, 2014 and 2015, a by-election). Each time it has been a privelege.
I believe in our communities and their future.
I also believe that it is our job as Greens to be the people who ‘tell it like it is’. I offer up these blogs as a humble contribution to that body of truth-telling.
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