Greens candidate for Cowper Carol Vernon shows off the Pacific Hwy billboard asking voters to elect the Greens into the Senate at the upcoming Federal election. Photo: Contributed
Greens candidate for Cowper Carol Vernon shows off the Pacific Hwy billboard asking voters to elect the Greens into the Senate at the upcoming Federal election. Photo: Contributed Contributed

Greens' billboard makes stand against CSG mining clear

DRIVERS heading north on the Pacific Hwy will be given something to think about as they make their way through the seat of Cowper.

A billboard on the highway near the southern exit to South West Rocks is funded by the Greens for its Cowper candidate, Carol Vernon.

Mrs Vernon said the billboard is sending a strong message to the people of the Cowper electorate about Coal Seam Gas mining and how voting for the Greens in the Senate can make a massive difference on the controversial subject.

"This billboard emphasises the need to elect Cate Faehrmann, our Greens Senate candidate, if we are to have some checks on irresponsible mining practices," said Carol Vernon.

"It's becoming abundantly clear that all promises of responsible mining and respect for a landholders rights will be broken if a coalition government is in power after the election.

"Tony Abbott will tell us there is a 'black hole' in the budget that can only be filled by unfettered mining, here, there, anywhere, in your water catchment and on your farm.

"Australia has one of the lowest debt ratios in the world and is the envy of other nations but you won't hear of that. The credibility rating of the National, Liberal and Labor parties is zero when they talk 'poor mouth' then plot to pay out millions of our tax dollars to support political parties.

"In a rush to pillage our resources, for largely overseas mining companies, environmental protections will be wound back and the residents of our beautiful river valleys and nearby districts will be left with a polluted environment and massive clean up bills. Our children will be left to live in a degraded environment."

Mrs Vernon said she fears what electing a Coalition government will mean for Cowper.

"Once a budget black hole is 'manipulated' by a National/Liberal government other promises will be broken, or put on hold and public service jobs will be cut," she said.

"We'll be fed the propaganda of the necessity to cut red and green tape. Such cuts mean less supervision of mining companies and developers and cuts to local jobs, including fewer staff to support teachers, trainers, nurses, police and mental health professionals.

"The Cowper electorate cannot afford to lose these jobs.

"The federal Labor government has disappointed many but I fear the effects of an unchecked Abbott government will do more than disappoint, it will allow massive degradation of our land, water and towns and cut our local support services."

The Greens candidate said her campaign will be about attacking local issues and fighting for the needs of local people. Unlike the Nationals campaign slogan of 'Think Local'.

"'Think Local' should not mean think of how many jobs we have to cut from our local area," she said.

"'Think Local' should not mean think of what we can dig up and ship out of our local area at the expense of our land and water, and our children's future."



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