Friday, 25 October 2019

CH Greens 'Save the Clarence' Film Night

Help save the Clarence River from the threat of toxic mining. To raise awareness, we are screening two powerful environmental documentaries in 'Connection to Country' and 'Earthrise'.

Register for your ticket/s here!

These films awaken us to the incredible beauty of our world and what is at stake in our current era of industrialisation. The Clarence Environment Centre will speak about the Save the Clarence Campaign alongside Greens David Shoebridge MP.

Our wild rivers deserve protection from the exploitation of extractive industries. We all need water but it shouldn't be threatened for a quick buck. Too often our environment wears the brunt of decisions made in large disconnected cities. The impact upon the lives of the people who live, work and play locally are rarely seriously considered. This is even more so when valuing the cultural heritage of Aboriginal Australians.

All across our country Indigenous people's rights, like the rights of nature, are compromised for the promise of big business. The end result is the degradation of land and its people. The time for the environmental movement to fight back against the forces of destruction is needed more than ever. The system that subsidies the industrialisation of our world is not going to change unless we change. But how do we change? How do we connect and build a true movement of change?

We have all the technologies we need to make the world a safer and healthier place. Yet the destruction and exploitation continue. The missing element of scrutiny are the stories we tell about the world. Our culture is deeply materialistic and dependent on a top-down economy for our wealth. What would ecological eyes see? What would we see if we knew our place in the world alongside all species?

The films that will be screened as part of this evening ask and examine these questions. They grapple with the weight of industrialisation and its wonders and perils. I hope you will join us to start a greater discussion about how we see the world and what we can do to see the world as a connected living place.

Tickets here!

More info about the feature film here:

Please arrive at the Sawtell Majestic Cinema around 6.15 to be seated by 6.30!

Monday, 7 October 2019

CH Greens Annual General Meeting

Date: Saturday October 19th, 2019

Time: 3pm

Venue: Shearwater Restaurant  


Everyone is welcome to come and meet the team. We will share drinks and complementary food afterwards. Hope you can make it!!

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

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BURNED - Are trees the new coal?

14th of March, 2019 @ 7pm

Guest Speaker:

Susie Russell (Spokesperson for North Coast Environment Council)

This film highlights a growing trend globally to burn our forests for electricity. The NSW Government have plans for a burgeoning biomass electric power industry on the mid-north coast that is far from sustainable. This feature-length documentary takes an unwavering look at the latest electric power industry solution to climate change. The film tells the story of how woody biomass has become the fossil-fuel industry’s renewable, green savior, and of the people and parties who are both fighting against and promoting its adoption and use.

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Wednesday, 23 January 2019


COMMUNITY who see this state election as a once-in-a-generation opportunity will put Coffs Harbour on the map for all the right reasons.

Local high school teacher Mr Jonathan Cassell is the Greens candidate for Coffs Harbour and believes that the Great Koala National Park proposal is our region’s future economic base, especially for today’s young people.

Mr Cassell said, “Koala’s and adventure based tourism will be a big drawcard for visitors to Coffs Harbour. Its not at Byron Bay, its not down at Port Macquarie, its right here at Coffs Harbour and we need to grab this opportunity at this election.”

“If Coffs Harbour is genuine about rejuvenating our economy than the Great Koala National Park is it. Money from tourism ventures like this are expected to seriously ease our unemployment rates and drive public and private investment in development of such areas as world-class mountain biking, hiking and eco-accommodation.”

“I am serious about empowering Coffs Harbour’s youth and I have made a personal pledge that if elected I will donate half of my salary to finding positive outcomes for young people. Over 3 years, that should be at least a $200,000 boost for our youth,” he said.

Mr Cassell also understands climate change is a risk to future generations whose lives will be radically affected by extreme heatwaves, storms, fires, droughts and water shortages.

“Climate change looks very bad if we see what’s already occurring. We need to fast-track NSW’s renewable energy transition, preserve our native forests that store carbon and support the local agricultural industry to become resilient in the face of radically unpredictable weather,” he said.

“I am committed to a healthy world that meets the needs of all in our community. I will rejuvenate our economy, help make our community fairer and stand with nature.”

Mr Justin Field, a NSW Greens MLC, is in Coffs Harbour this week to support Mr Cassell’s candidacy and cannot agree more with the need for a positive vision for Coffs Harbour.

Mr Field said, "We stand at a fork in road. Action on climate challenge is urgent and is a priority for the Greens. There are huge opportunities for this region is terms of new jobs in sustainable agriculture and tourism from acting to protect nature, restoring forests and creating a great Koala National Park, and moving to regenerative land management. Action on climate change is win, win, win for the Coffs Community.”

"I know that Jonathan has the passion and the energy to take these ideas forward as a local representative and to be a genuine community voice in the NSW Parliament,” he said.

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Ban the Bag in Coffs Harbour

By Jonathan Cassell

Cr Sally Townley’s Notice of Motion last Thursday night proved overwhelmingly successful as Coffs Harbour Councillors unanimously supported a NSW Greens push to ban single-use plastic bags.

Council will now write to State and Federal Governments urging them to introduce legislation that will ban single use plastic shopping bags.

Council will also contact local retailers to encourage them to voluntarily reduce and ultimately eliminate single use plastic shopping bags from the Coffs Harbour LGA.

This fantastic outcome shows that Coffs Harbour Greens is working together with different tiers of government for positive change in our local community. 

To build on this achievement, however, community-engaged littler campaigners must help keep pressure on our State legislators.

Writing to our local MP Andrew Fraser and telling him in a few words that you support a state wide on ban on plastic bags in NSW is something we can all do.
Under the NSW Greens legislation, lightweight single-use grocery bags with handles and other lightweight bags used to carry away products from retailers, such as take away food or alcohol would be banned.
The following bags would NOT be included in the ban:
  • Barrier bags – the type dispensed from a roll to hold items such as loose fruit and vegetables
  • Heavier style retail bags – the type usually used by clothing and department stores
  • Sturdy bags designed for multiple use such as ‘green’ bags
  • Biodegradable compostable bags that meet the Australian Standard 4736-2006
  • Paper bags
  • Bin liners for purchase
  • Zip lock storage bags
  • Plastic bags that are an integral part of the packaging (such as bread, frozen foods, ice bags or bait bags).
  • Re-usable plastic bags
According to NSW Greens, Australians use over 4 billion plastic grocery-style bags each year with an average use of only 12 minutes and plastic bags have a lifetime of 1000 years.

However, many plastic products are highly problematic. Plastic drink containers for example are actually the biggest problem in our environment making up 50% of total litter volume in New South Wales.
Up to 80 per cent of the litter found in waterways comes from the land and it can have a significant and long-lasting impact on our marine life.
To put this in context, it is estimated that 160 million drink bottles and more than 50 million plastic bags enter our environment every year.
Plastic bottles and plastic bags eventually break down into microplastics and evidence of the impact of those microplastics on our natural marine environment is now overwhelmingly confronting.
The tiny pieces of plastic attract toxins, are eaten by sea life, make their way into the food chain and then onto our plates.
You can now help to reduce plastic usage and be part of the solution. Eco-friendly alternatives to plastic bags are available including the growing popularity of Boomerang Bags.
Plastic pollution is a major waste problem in NSW contributing to landfill and polluting the states waterways, coastlines and oceans. There is no such thing as away!
Please write to Andrew Fraser MP now and tell him you support a ban on single use plastic bags in NSW.
Thank you!
Coffs Harbour Greens Cr Sally Townley and Jonathan Cassell stand for protecting our marine environment.