ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL: Former Greens' leader Bob Brown and Richmond candidate Dawn Walker at the Cobaki broadwater.
ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL: Former Greens' leader Bob Brown and Richmond candidate Dawn Walker at the Cobaki broadwater. Alina Rylko

Call for Cobaki and Terranora Broadwater protection

THE Greens have called for tighter environmental control over the Cobaki and Terranora Broadwaters.

Greens’ candidate for Richmond Dawn Walker made the call at the party’s Protecting our Precious Environment initiative launch on Wednesday last week.

The initiative calls for tighter environmental protections for the Cobaki and Terranora Broadwaters through the Ramsar Convention, along with measures for nine other NSW environments.

They include Gardens of Stone National Park, Royal National Park, Malabar Headland, Pilliga and Leard Forests, Glenbog and South Coast State Forests, Coastal Upland Hanging Swamps, Sydney’s Green Canopy, Marine Sanctuary, Blue Mountains National Park.

“The distinctive ecosystems, the animals and plants illustrated, may not survive if we do not act,” Mrs Walker said.

The initiative stated Cobaki and Terranora Broadwater contained interconnected estuarine systems with considerable environmental value.

It called for protection from hazards including over-fishing, tourism operations and the adverse environmental impacts of the nearby Gold Coast Airport.

Former Greens’ leader Bob Brown, who believes the Richmond seat is winnable for the party he helped found, was on hand to lend support to the initiative.

Mr Brown told the Tweed Daily News no further polling had been done since a Roy Morgan Research poll showing the Greens were only 1.5 points behind Labor to win

But it was “only a matter of time” before the party gained power in the electorate.

“We already know there’s support for the Greens at the local and state government level, and the Federal Government level is going to produce some surprises, and it may well be in Richmond,” Dr Brown said.

Mrs Walker said the party had resonated with “jaded voters” and achieved its results with a low cost volunteer door-knock appeal



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