Greta Werner Greens candidate for Bayside council Ward 3

Hi, I am a research associate and community organiser, leading campaigns to address issues faced by locals in the Bayside area since moving to Banksia in 2008. The pandemic has amplified the increasing importance of publicly accessible green open space for our physical and mental health. I will work to ensure that high-quality facilities are provided across Bayside that meet the needs of everyone, including all our recreational and sporting communities.

Councils have a major role to play in addressing environmental issues, and I strongly believe in local action to address climate change. I want to improve sustainability and waste management practices in Bayside for cleaner beaches, parks, playgrounds, and public spaces. I support better cycling and walking infrastructure by improving and expanding footpath and cycleway networks, to better connect our communities and local centres.

I want Bayside Council to reduce its carbon emissions, incentivise the uptake of renewable energy, and consider the climate change impacts of planning proposals and major developments. I also advocate for better management of stormwater, trees, and landscaping to mitigate heat impacts and reduce flooding.

I am passionate about social justice and support services for all those in need. I will also propose arts and entertainment programs that foster a more peaceful and inclusive community. The cultural diversity of Bayside is one of our strengths and should be celebrated.

Together, we can create a fairer and healthier future for all of us.