Andrea to contest seat of Tweed
VOCAL member of the No Rally and Save Byrrill Creek groups Andrea Vickers will be the Tweed Greens candidate for the New South Wales election.
Ms Vickers this week announced she would contest the seat of Tweed on March 26.
“Key issues in Tweed for this election include coastal erosion, water management and making sure the community has a say about big developments like Kings Forest and Cobaki,” Ms Vickers said.
“I fully support any measure to get more police into Tweed, but we've got to recognise also that crime is a complex problem and throwing more police at it is only one answer,” she said.
“Young people in Tweed don't have access to employment opportunities because public transport needs to be improved and the passenger rail network needs to be brought back.”
Many people will know Ms Vickers, an educational disability assistant, through her roles in the No Rally and Save Byrrill Creek campaigns and the established Northern Rivers Guardians, a broadly based organisation that aims to protect the Tweed region from excessive and poorly planned development.
“I'm not opposed to de- velopment at all, just those projects that threaten the special environment and lifestyle we enjoy here in Tweed,” she said.
“Economic development is essential, but that doesn't mean anything goes.
“I think most people in Tweed want to live on the green coast, not the Gold Coast.
“I'm committed to helping all Tweed residents to have a voice on issues that affect us and determine the kind of place our children and grandchildren will inherit.”
Tweed Greens campaign co-ordinator Terry Morgan said Ms Vickers would bring to the campaign a successful political background, plans for a sustainable future and on-the-ground experience in social issues.
“Andrea is astute and energetic, a woman who is passionate about local and world issues,” Mr Morgan said. “She has a proven ability to translate ideas into action.”
Ms Vickers will officially launch her campaign next month.