Bega Valley and Eurobodalla Greens announced today Bega Valley Shire Councillor Cathy Griff as their candidate for the seat of Bega in the 2023 NSW state election.
“Cathy has been an effective councillor since 2016. She has been instrumental in major Council initiatives including a Climate Emergency Declaration, Climate Resilience Strategy and the development of an Affordable Housing Strategy. She would be a strong representative for the Bega electorate in state politics,” said Eurobodalla Deputy Mayor Alison Worthington.
Cathy’s career has been largely managing government research and policy in the Australian film industry. She has served as a South-East Arts board member for six years, promoting arts development across Bega and Eurobodalla shires. Cathy is passionate about the environment and the arts, in boosting the quality of life and health of our varied communities.
“More Greens in state parliament prioritising climate action prompts an urgent transition to renewable energy; net zero emissions by 2035; and certainly no new coal and gas projects,” said Cathy.
She sees NSW also has a responsibility to act for climate by ending native forest logging in our State Forests, while supporting a just transition to plantation forestry.
“Native forest logging in our State Forests depends on government subsidies, and costs taxpayers, while increasing the risk and intensity of bushfires, and the loss of habitat for
endangered species. The Greens understand the science and economics, which make clear the value of leaving mature forests intact.”
Cost of living, affordable and crisis housing, regional health, equity in education and TAFE, protecting marine sanctuaries and upholding the rights of First Nations people, are also key
issues to be brought to the March 2023 election.
Cathy said she looks forward to discussing the Greens comprehensive policies and funding strategies with voters across our region over the summer.