Queanbeyan-Palerang communities have the opportunity to elect a new council, bringing fresh ideas and a forward-looking focus to the challenges we face, Greens lead candidates Katrina Willis and Forbes Gordon said today.
“Most members of Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council (QPRC) are expected to retire at the elections on 4 December, making this election an opportunity for a fresh start.
“Our communities face some tough issues including rising debt, the pressures of growth, and preparing for the impacts of climate change including managing risks to water supply and increased extreme events like bushfires, drought and storms.
“We need more affordable housing, local employment, and to take better care of our environment.
“To address these and other challenges, we need councillors who are committed to real action on climate change and protecting nature, to genuine consultation and community participation for all our towns, villages and rural districts, and to open and accountable government.
“The Australian Greens understand climate change. We have the strongest national targets for cutting emissions, to net zero by 2030. In the absence of action by our Federal government, it’s even more important for local communities to step up.
“Greens on QPRC will strengthen local climate action including setting a target for community greenhouse gas emissions and working with communities to develop a pathway to meet it.
“There is just a month until early voting opens, on 22 November. Update your enrolment details by 6 pm on Monday, 25 October to make sure you can vote for our next council.”
Katrina lives in Queanbeyan where she is a member of several community groups and works on national environmental policy. Forbes lives in Braidwood where he has been a farmer and worked as a lawyer. More information about our candidates and priority issues can be found online.