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.