The Greens have announced their candidates for the upcoming Waverley Council election. Each candidate will be campaigning for action on climate change, putting the community ahead of developers, returning democracy to local government, protecting public recreational open space and advocating for affordable housing including rights for renters.

Current Greens Councillor Dominic Wy Kanak will be joined by former Councillor George Copeland and Industrial Relations Consultant Elaine Keenan as lead candidates for the Bondi, Waverley and Lawson wards respectively.

“This election should have been held a year ago,” Councillor Wy Kanak said. “The amalgamation debacle has suspended democracy for the people of Waverley. Now they have a chance to be heard, and residents are ready to dump Liberal Mayor Sally Betts and her team.

“Another term with a Liberal-dominated Council would result in more over-development on a massive scale, privatisation of our community facilities at Bondi Pavilion and jeopardise the very existence of Waverley Council.”

Mr Copeland, a Waverley Councillor from 1999 to 2008, said: “I’m standing for re-election because I am appalled by the destruction of grass-roots democracy in Waverley, sub-standard community consultation on amalgamation, unfair use of the Mayoral casting vote, and abuse of the Councillor code of conduct”.

Ms Keenan said: “The Greens will be campaigning to ensure we retain open public and recreation spaces for the community not developers, protection of our heritage buildings and we will advocate for affordable housing and rights for renters.”

For further information please contact:

Dominic Wy Kanak

E:dominicbondi@hotmail.com

PH:0499 291 333

Elaine Keenan

E: elaine.keenan72@gmail.com

PH:0417 439 733

George Copeland

E: George.copeland.2017@gmail.com