Lismore Greens candidate Adam Guise has set his sights on ending the almost 50-year reign of the National Party in Lismore.
At the opening of a campaign shop in Keen Street last night, Mr Guise urged voters to number all the boxes on their ballots, and to put the Nationals last.
“I’ve been encouraged by the enthusiastic support I have received so far in the campaign, and we hope to grow this people power campaign to take the fight to the Nationals on March 28.
‘Thomas George and the National Party have betrayed our community.
‘This government and the previous Labor government allowed invasive gasfields to threaten the water, farmland and climate which we depend on for our food, wellbeing and livelihoods.
‘The Greens want to change the way we do politics in NSW.
‘People are tired of the major parties looking after their mining mates and vested interests who are not genuinely representing our community.
‘The corrupting influence of mining companies on our political system has to stop. There is a crisis in democracy that can only be fixed by real representation.
‘The Lismore region has a bright future in renewable energy, sustainable agriculture and tourism which are a far better alternative than industrialised gas fields.
‘To secure a gasfield free Northern Rivers this election, it’s critical for voters to number every square and put the Nationals last.
‘The Greens stand for clean air, clean water, clean energy and clean politics.’
Former Greens MLC Ian Cohen, Cr Vanessa Ekins attended the opening as well as members and supporters packing out the office.
Mr Guise was pleased with the turnout and said he was confident he could increase the Greens vote.
The Greens received 21 per cent of the primary vote in the 2011 state election, ahead of Labor which scored just 13 per cent o primary votes.
Mr George attracted 61 per cent of the primary vote.