Jonathan Cassell

Councillor for Coffs Harbour

Having lived in the beautiful village of Emerald Beach since 2003, I love and appreciate Coffs Harbour’s unique coastal environment and its people. In this time, I have been an active member of the Emerald Beach community and helped lead in the protection of an important wetland from inappropriate development and the upgrade of critical road and footpath infrastructure.

I have long advocated for environmental and social justice through a range of organisations including the United Residents Group of Emerald, Coffs Coast Surfrider Foundation chapter, Landcare Australia, Coffs Coast Climate Action Group and the Coffs Harbour Greens. This coincides with my current community member positions on Coffs Harbour City Council’s Sustainability Advisory Committee and Environmental Levy Grants Panel. As a result, I have created positive change at the local and national level. 
In my professional role as a High School teacher, I want to continue to better the Coffs Harbour community and especially for our young people. I have dedicated my life to supporting young people get the best start in life possible and it would be an enormous privilege to represent the entire community from the youngest to the oldest. My vision for Coffs Harbour is a safe and caring community that values our precious environment.
Combining my passion for justice and advocacy experience, I will listen to the community. I stand for a healthy environment and a safe community and advocate for the voiceless. 



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