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Eden-Monaro climate resilience candidate forum June 25th

Join Bushfire Survivors for Climate Action and Farmers for Climate Action for the Eden-Monaro climate resilience candidate forum.

Date And Time

Thu, 25 June 2020 - 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM AEST - FREE REGISTER HERE

Bushfire Survivors for Climate Action and Farmers for Climate Action warmly invite residents of the electorate of Eden-Monaro to join us at a joint candidates forum, held online. The purpose of the forum is to raise the profile of climate resilience in our region, and local opportunities for job creation in renewable energy and clean technology, in the lead up to the election. We will hear from experts Prof. Lesley Hughes and John Grimes, CEO of the Smart Energy Council. Candidates will be given an opportunity to respond to these presentations and you will be able to ask questions of the candidates about their policies and vision for the region. This event will be held using Zoom Webinar. A link will be sent to you on the day of the event.

The Candidates


Kristy McBain, Labor for Eden-Monaro


Cathy Griff, The Greens for Eden-Monaro


Karen Porter, Independent for Eden-Monaro

The Presenters


Lesley Hughes, Distinguished Professor of Biology and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Integrity & Development) at Macquarie University. Lesley's research has mainly focused on the impacts of climate change on species and ecosystems. She is a former federal Climate Commissioner and former Lead Author in the IPCC’s 4th and 5th Assessment Report.


John Grimes, CEO Smart Energy Council. John was appointed as Chief Executive of the Australian Solar Council in 2008 and is now CEO of the Smart Energy Council. John started his career as an officer in the Air Force and went on to found and grow a number of companies, including a startup he took to a successful listing on the ASX with a market capitalisation in excess of $30m. His most recent company was in the environmental sector employing over 25 people with operations in Australia, the US and Middle East.

About Us:Bushfire Survivors for Climate Action Bushfire Survivors for Climate Action work to unite and amplify the voices of bushfire survivors who are demanding climate action. We began shortly after the Tathra and District fire in March 2018. Our foundation members were all impacted by bushfires, including the Blue Mountains in 2013, Black Saturday in 2009 and the Canberra fires in 2003. Our members are people who lost their homes, communities, loved ones and peace of mind in bushfires; people who’ve fought fires as RFS or other volunteers, community leaders concerned about the impact and growing risks of bushfires and primary producers who’ve watched stock and wildlife impacted by bushfires and their after-effects. Farmers for Climate Action Farmers for Climate Action is a movement of farmers, agricultural leaders and rural Australians working to ensure farmers are a key part of the solution to climate change. The only farmer-led organisation that specialises in climate change, we work across the agricultural and climate sectors to manage risks and find opportunities to adapt to, and mitigate, climate change. We are independent and work across the political spectrum: we are committed to bringing about multi-partisan political support for climate action. We empower farmers to take the lead on climate action in their communities and electorates, and are committed to helping farmers learn more about climate science and policy, and the roles they can play.

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