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Make them work for your vote – meet the candidates

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Meet your candidates

This is why COREM has joined with The Echo and Bay FM to host a Meet the Candidates forum on Monday March 18 at the Byron Theatre – five days ahead of the state election.

There is a lot at stake for us voters, and one of the most significant is urging our government to make climate change a top priority and mandate a renewable future.

One of the groups that have been active local is COREM who have been actively working in the local community to transition the Northern Rivers towards 100 per cent renewable energy.

Growing the energy sector is a vital part of how Australia as a country will be able to meet the commitments to combat climate change. COREM as a member of The Coalition for Community Energy (C4CE), is part of a group of 60 organisations working collaboratively to make that change.

COREM is a volunteer not-for-profit association with a goal of transitioning the northern rivers to 100 per cent renewables using community ownership models.

You can have it all

Australian Energy Market Operator boss Audrey Zibelman says Australians need to understand they can have a renewables-based grid that is cost effective, zero carbon, and reliable and secure.

‘We are looking at how to manage the system to be more resilient as well as cost effective and carbon neutral, or zero carbon … (they) are not necessarily antithetical,’ Ms Zibelman said, ‘in fact, you can have it all.’

But conservative politicians, media and commentators have intensified their scare campaign against renewables and emissions reduction targets, warning of blackouts, economic destruction, lost jobs, lower wages, and calling for support for new coal investment and an end to renewable energy schemes.

COREM believes the transition to a renewable energy market is already here; now we need our politicians to support the change.

Get your questions in

COREM, The Echo and BayFM present a Meet the Candidates Forum like no other onMarch 18 at the Byron Theatre, 6pm.

The night will start with a 30-min call-to-action climate film, drinks and mingle at 6.30pm with the forum, to be broadcast live on Bay FM, will start at7pm.

Do you have the question of all questions? Email: [email protected] to get your voice heard.

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  1. Given all the “payback” targeted against this region for voting Green, it should be a lot more than $7b.
    I caught a bus from Taronga Zoo to Central several times in Sydney earlier this month which cost me $1.05 each trip. Locally I pay $6.60 to travel 2km. I can’t even travel at all by ‘public’ transport after 5pm. Where is the equity?
    Northern NSW has been disproportionately overwhelmed by Police RDT despite the sewage testing showing drugs are more predominate in Sydney. They are not targeting higher drug usage here but rather punishing youth because there are no alternatives to driving.
    Our schools and hospitals miss out on comparative levels of funding and our roads are overwhelmed by tourists while the income all leaves the region for Sydney and the coffers of the state government. Similarly they rule our oceans and beaches and deny our local governments income from several thousand AirBnB houses which disrupt our neighbourhoods and require extra policing and services that local ratepayers bare the financial burden of.
    The inequity is appalling! Whoever the candidates are we need a better and bigger voice.


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