The NSW Greens have announced their candidate for Coffs Harbour in the upcoming NSW State election in March.
High School teacher Jonathan Cassell will represent the party, saying he will donate $200,000 of his salary towards Coffs Harbour youth.
“I am serious about empowering Coffs Harbour’s youth and I have made a personal pledge that if elected I will donate half of my salary to finding positive outcomes for young people. Over 3 years, that should be at least a $200,000 boost for our youth”, he said.
Mr Cassell also believes that the Great Koala National Park proposal is our region’s future economic base, especially for today’s young people.
“Koalas and adventure based tourism will be a big drawcard for visitors to Coffs Harbour. It’s not at Byron Bay, it’s not down at Port Macquarie, it’s right here at Coffs Harbour and we need to grab this opportunity at this election”.
He added that “If Coffs Harbour is genuine about rejuvenating our economy than the Great Koala National Park is it. Money from tourism ventures like this are expected to seriously ease our unemployment rates and drive public and private investment in development of such areas as world-class mountain biking, hiking and eco-accommodation”.
Along with the Koala National Park and his personal pledge, Mr Cassell believes that climate change is a risk to future generations whose lives will be radically affected by extreme heatwaves, storms, fires, droughts and water shortages.
“I am committed to a healthy world that meets the needs of all in our community. I will rejuvenate our economy, help make our community fairer and stand with nature”.
In Coffs Harbour on Monday, Justin Field from the NSW Greens said he cannot agree more with the need for a positive vision for Coffs Harbour.
"I know that Jonathan has the passion and the energy to take these ideas forward as a local representative and to be a genuine community voice in the NSW Parliament”, he said.