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The Animal Justice Party have announced today that Lucinda Scarman will be running in the 2020 Byron Shire Council elections.

As a long-time resident of the area and passionate activist for community change, the founder of Eco Minerals Cosmetics says that Byron Shire has the potential to be the most progressive region in Australia, leading the way on climate action, animal protection and community development.

Byron Council’s mayor and councillors, like many other local government bodies, are often under the microscope, particularly in matters to do with the environment and development and these are subjects Lucinda is keen to have a voice on.

Ms Scarman says that the AJP is more than just being about animals and not everyone might understand that. ‘It’s something we’ll be working on,’ she said. ‘We want to get the message out there that the AJP is all about kindness, and compassion, and that includes justice for humans and the environment.’

Ms Scarman that people might be more inclined to lean away from the established parties in the Byron Shire because of recent activity. ‘This is the first time we’re running at a local level so we hope to get to know all the like-minded candidates. At a state level we get on very well with Tamara Smith and hope to do the same locally.

‘I’d like to think that Byron Shire is well informed about issues that affect the community and at the next election they will be looking to vote differently and for someone new.’

Ms Scarman also feels that an increase in people living a vegan lifestyle indicates that people are willing to vote for a candidate who stands for all earthlings – Scarman says the AJP is the fastest-growing party in NSW.

Ms Scarman is happy to come under the close scrutiny that happens at the local government level. ‘The council is the government, elected by the people, therefore should expect well-founded scrutiny. Scrutiny shows that people care and I welcome it.’

Ms Scarman holds a Masters degree in Nutrition and Dietetics and a Bachelor of Science degree. She says that she loves the Byron Shire; she has called this shire home for over a decade and lives a simple, off-grid life in Mullumbimby with her daughter and a family of horses and dogs.

‘Like the rest of Australia and the planet, the Byron Shire has many challenges. We are part of the global ecological emergency. Habitat destruction is rampant, land is degraded, our koalas are facing extinction.

‘We have problems with homelessness, struggling farmers, unemployment, affordable housing and many other issues. But we also have incredible individuals in the community capable of implementing excellent solutions to many of the challenges our region is facing.

‘Those who vote for me will be voting for urgent action to address climate change by protecting our existing native forests and marine habitats, implementing a clean energy target and supporting sustainable, ethical agricultural systems’, she says.

Ms Scarman says she will be standing for the environment and supporting sustainable and ethical initiatives so this shire and all of the residents, human and non-human, can thrive.

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  1. Great to have you as a Council candidate Lucinda…Lord knows we need more of your calibre. Good luck & its wonderful to know that our Shire still has intelligent/compassionate/Eco warriors that are prepared to stand up for our fast diminishing natural environment & hopefully take on unethical and rampant development that DOES NOT serve our local community. The Koalas need ALL the friends they can get as well.

  2. I could not vote for anyone who will probably be opposed to regenerative farming, one of the most effective solutions to climate change.

  3. More eco-alarmism I’m
    afraid. A little knowledge is a dangerous thing!
    The future is bright for our children. Let’s not scare them with incorrect exaggeration. Let’s encourage them to go to school (ie don’t follow Greta – whose childhood doesn’t seem to have been ruined so far) so they can learn. Then over time our children will discover/develop a source of energy cheaper than fossil fuels. This is better than teaching them to be spoilt activists!
    Good that Scarman is allowed to stand in a free society. But she won’t get my vote.

  4. It’s an interesting day when we have people having a go at people for being kind & compassionate..,

    When a shark comes across a human while the human is in the shark’s home. Their habitat.. you know, fins, gills… breath underwater.. humans.. well, we were born with legs, breath air… walk on land… not sure if anyone has noticed that recently.. so when a shark accidentally comes across a human in their home, has a bite & spits out the smelly human.. we don’t taste good to them.. not enough sea mineral, too much rubbish in our diet, these beings are called ‘monsters’… referencing a story on another on-line post, just today, after a whole bunch of sharks were caught of the Barrier Reef.. oh my goodness it might impact on holiday makers….

    I would just like to remind those of you whom feel a self entitlement that does not exist anywhere except in human law….

    This planet is billions of years old, there are billions of species with one of those being human. On Christmas Day this year there will be near to & quite possibly a serious underestimation, 25-30 MILLION not 1 or 2, millions of animals slaughtered on one day alone, just in Australia. In case you haven’t noticed, there seems to be a serious imbalance in the natural world & humans are egocentricity responsible for it.
    With pointing out the obvious here.. I really have to ask the question about the definition of monster?

    Home on this beautiful planet is an incredible privilege. It is time we grew up as a species & took responsibility for our place & the gift we have here on this incredible planet.

    Good work Lucinda! Thank you… wishing you well.

    Merry vegan Blissmas to everyone.

    Love & blessings


  5. Wasn’t it the AJP which preferenced the ALP over the Greens in the seat of Lismore as a result of a deal done with the ALP to get upper house preferences?
    Not much different from the standard political party.

  6. If she is for real. Then should have a working relationship with The Mullum Neigborhood Centre. Where they tackle issues full on. for the funding and donations they receive they are value for money. as a former client they helped me out big time.. Her issues which she is passionate and perhaps predictable to push food awareness,the plight of those that people have emotive connections to. Veganism has become ” A Catch Cry” purporting inter species well being and concern..Question? Do they have pets? Do they have a cellphone? I’ll be watching on and see how this political aspiration can gain votes

  7. Yes I’m sure many will be looking forward to seeing her in Council. She’s an attractive character. But her policies are misguided, over-simplified, and pander to the eco-loons. Let’s put our children first (educate not indoctrinate), then our animals friends…

  8. I have a hairy 4 legged that I took on an 6 months old after experiencing massive trauma by his previous human family, had spent months in kennels & well… stories.. 18 months before his tail was flying… before he was confident… you know i’m really not sure what the point of that reference is..
    are you suggesting that by showing this animal consistency, love, giving him proper care & a loving home when I took him on as a foster till his next right, safe, loving human family manifested. Realising he was so wounded he would very simply end up in the system again or worse. I have had to be a shrink some days to work out what’s going on for him. He is a happy confident, clever , very sweet being, whom incidentally, deserves a loving, peaceful home just like you.
    Really having problems understanding the point being made…not a dog or bird or racehorse or greyhound breeder or trainer…etc.. don’t ride horses… do not make money from my hairy. He is loved.. very much.,,

    So tell me love, person/s above whom have problems with vegans, whom are essentially, animal lovers, taking on rescue animals in need of a family, what’s your solution to that?
    Would it or might it be stick him with another human to throw more beer bottles & anything he could find at him or just love him for who he is every day because essentially, I am in loving service to him. He is not a guard dog.. he is a child.. he is not a sniffer dog hunting drugs…
    he is not an animal pushing other animals around on behalf of humans, or let’s see, hmm take on all my stuff, as most animals are expected to. He is loved…very much loved for his own uniqueness.. just as i’m certain you all enjoy. It is called taking responsibility. As mentioned above. What i’m hearing in this conversation is vegans are somehow responsible for the social creation of the internet, any digital technology & it’s our job to live seperate from everything in society…
    The comments are a deflection.. Scomo is good at that…,not much else.. very well practiced.

    Next loves you’ll all be expecting vegans to grow wings & fly.. there’s no rational to the comments at all..,
    Looks like there’s a couple more politicians in the making here.

    Very interesting perspective..,

    Again… good work Lucinda… thanks so much..

  9. She will have my vote. A caring, energetic and intelligent human being who shows great concern and commitment to all beings and the planet, (not just for some).


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