Upcoming local government elections
Your Greens candidates in the council elections to be held on 4th September 2021 are (L-R):
Charlie Bell and
Your vote for our Greens on council will be a vote for:
• Accountability from Council
• Liveable, vibrant and resilient communities and
• Environmental Responsibility
Learn more about each candidate here
Learn more about our local government priorities here
Find out more in our FAQ section
You can donate to support our campaign to continue and grow the presence of Greens on Eurobodalla Shire Council here:
Meet our candidates...
We will be connecting with Shire residents everywhere we go in the Eurobodalla, but you can follow us here, on Facebook and on Instagram to learn what we stand for.
The latest Covid-19 restrictions have stopped us from attending our regular 'Community Corners' where we'd been meeting with residents face to face to hear about what matters to them and what our communities expect from council.
Local government is where you can have the most influence on what happens day to day in our community, so look out for us on the street, at markets and other community events once the current public health restrictions have lifted - come and have a chat with the people that want to serve our community on council!
We want to be a part of a council that partners with residents to build safe and resilient communities, that champions sensitive development in this post-bushfire landscape and protects the natural environment that sustains us and enriches our lives.
Read below our plans and priorities for a council that delivers for our shire on the following issues:
Better pathways for connected communities
The Greens support allocating more funds to a network of well designed pathways for connected communities.
Design that is good for walkers and cyclists also tends to be good for older and younger people.
We need to remove the barriers to people being able to move around our towns and villages safely whether walking, pushing a pram, cycling or using a mobility scooter or wheelchair.
This will encourage greater uptake of active transport, reduce our reliance on cars and help build a healthier, safer and more sustainable Eurobodalla.
Planning for people,
The Greens on council will make full use of existing planning rules to get proper benefits for the community from new development.
We are calling on council to conduct an urgent audit of all council land suitable for affordable housing development.
We will prioritise developing a Homelessness and Affordable Housing Strategy, which currently sits in the ESC Local Strategic Planning Strategy 2020-2040 as only a medium-term priority.
Reinstate water tank install rebates for retro-fits
Installing a water tank is such a good drought-proofing idea that council regulates that all new homes must have one.
Unfortunately council no longer supports water tank retro-fit on existing homes, as our shire once did with a rebate.
Greens on council will call for the reinstatement of this rebate to help reduce water demand and reduce the impact of urban stormwater.
Declare a climate emergency
With your support, Greens on Council will repeat Greens Councillor Pat McGinlay’s 2019 call for Eurobodalla Shire to join 99 (and counting) local governments in Australia, and thousands world-wide, to declare a Climate Emergency.
We will work with Council staff to enact robust climate mitigation and adaptation plans so that our communities are safe and are resilient to the challenges of the changing climate.
Frequently asked questions
Will the Greens reinstate the live streaming and recording of the Public Forum?
We will be repeating Clr Pat McGinlay's calls for the re-instatement of live streaming and recording of the Public Forum, where the community is invited to attend council prior to Council meetings to address items on that day's agenda.
Local government is not representative without robust grassroots engagement with the community.
Are the Greens anti-development?
Ecologically Sustainable Development (ESD) must be the primary consideration underlying all planning decisions.
Environmental and social considerations in the decision-making process should no longer be secondary to economic considerations.
If we're not planning for climate, we're planning to fail.
Both minimising emissions and adaptating to climate change impacts must be central to all decisions about planning and infrastructure.
Democratic processes must be paramount.
Communities must be empowered, involved and listened to in the making of planning laws and the determination of development applications.
Few of the Eurobodalla's residents are living here 'for the economy'.We've chosen this 'Nature Coast' as our home because of the beautiful landscape between the mountains and the sea and friendly communities - let these be our priorities when we are desiging our future here.
What do you mean by Ecologically Sustainable Development (ESD)??
We are guided by internationally recognised ESD principles:
The precautionary principle— if there are threats of serious or irreversible environmental damage, the benefit of the doubt must lie with protecting the environment.
Inter-generational equity aka "What kind of world will we leave for our children and their children?"
When making planning decisions the health, diversity and productivity of the environment must be maintained or enhanced for future generations.
Biological diversity and ecological integrity— conserving diversity and ecological integrity is fundamental and these values must not be traded away for alleged economic benefits.
Improved valuation, pricing and incentive mechanisms— environmental factors (clean air, water, trees, minerals and quietude) should be included in the valuation of development.
Are you going to hide behind commercial in confidence procedures?
There is a role for commercial in confidence during tender periods, but we believe it has been much overused recently to avoid transparent reporting to ratepayers.
What about community centres?
Community groups make a big difference to the lives of so many in our shire and beyond. They contribute vast amounts of volunteer labour to environmental, social and welfare work.
What can council do about Mental Health Services (MHS) in Eurobodalla?
We have seen council support access to more MHS through Bushfire Recovery, with grant funding from State and Federal govternments. This is a successful model and should continue beyond this intial recovery period – on council we will pro-actively seek to continue such funding streams and partnerships.
At the local level it is important that we have active eyes on the ground to see who might be falling through the cracks and NOT accessing these services, which is why local government is a key player in supporting the mental health of our community.
Do you support cat containment rules?
Eurobodalla Shire Council already has a cat ownership policy that states:
Responsible cat ownership means ensuring your cat is confined at night either indoors or in a cattery to prevent it from wandering.
The Eurobodalla Greens do believe that cats should be confined at night and that mandatory confinement should be imposed suburb by suburb following a show of support by residents.
Cats can pose such a threat to our wildlife both night and day, so we advocate for council to move progressively to a policy of cat containment that means owners must keep their cat on their premises 24 hours a day.
Do you support the building of a new Level 4 hospital for Eurobodalla?
The Eurobodalla Greens think that the best approach is to support the work done by the ONE – One New Eurobodalla Hospital group. They have ours and our communities strong support.
The building of a new hospital is a State government issue, but we will lobby for an early start. Council must remain engaged at all stages of planning and development of the hospital and maintain constact advocacy to NSW Health to ensure the hospital delivers Level 4 services to meet our community's needs.