Andrea Vickers with David Shoebridge and Cabarita Beach Dune Care volunteer Ashley Baldry.
Andrea Vickers with David Shoebridge and Cabarita Beach Dune Care volunteer Ashley Baldry. Blainey Woodham

Greens challenge Nationals

ONE of the leading Greens Party candidates in the upcoming state election hopes his party will not only hold a balance of power in the New South Wales upper house but a number of lower house seats for the first time.

David Shoebridge, the Greens number one candidate for the upper house, declared while on the Tweed Coast yesterday that his party stood a good chance of winning some Sydney lower house seats and in regional areas, like the Tweed, would give sitting MPs a “red hot challenge”.

So far the Greens are the only significant party to challenge sitting National Party MP for Tweed Geoff Provest. Labor is still to decide if it will run a candidate.

Greens candidate Andrea Vickers was yesterday showing Mr Shoebridge around the electorate, pointing out a number of controversial development issues.

“In places like the Tweed, even if there is a Labor candidate, given how discredited Labor has become, the Greens are the only opposition,” Mr Shoebridge said.

Mr Shoebridge met opponents of council and government plans for a 200-lot caravan park near Cabarita Beach and residents of Hastings Point fighting a controversial 70-lot subdivision in a flood-prone area beside Christies Creek.

He said the proposed caravan park site “was one of a number up and down the coast which are being pushed for inappropriate development by a cash-hungry government”.

“It's clearly got significant value to the community. It's a vegetative buffer between the coast and any development behind it,” Mr Shoebridge said.



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