Greens candidate Louise Dickmann sculpts position on animal welfare


Greens candidate for Bicton Louise Dickmann.
Greens candidate for Bicton Louise Dickmann.

THE Greens candidate for Bicton Louise Dickmann has a keen interest in animal welfare issues and as a trained sculptor she now creates collages that are sometimes politically-charged.

She is new to politics and new to the Greens.

Her candidacy was announced on Monday, January 16.

Ms Dickmann has followed South Metro MLC Lynn McLaren’s lead to support the scrapping of Roe 8 and the proposal for a land-based outer harbour near Kwinana.

Her passion for animal welfare through Stop Live Exports led her to cross paths with Ms McLaren.

Ms Dickmann said the Greens were the only party, aside from a single-issue party, to actively work to improve the welfare of all animals.

“Just recently, Ms McLaren threw her weight behind Labor’s proposal for the outer harbour in Cockburn Sound,” Ms Dickmann said.

“Even though it had been discussed by the Greens for the past two years, there were questions about the Greens WA position, possibly due to environmental concerns, but Lynn has ascertained that these appear to be manageable.

“The Senate inquiry that was initiated by Scott Ludlam last year found that the proposal for the outer harbour was more economically viable, too.”

Ms Dickmann lives outside the electorate in Beaconsfield and attended Applecross Senior High School. She grew up in Mt Pleasant.

“As a Tafe lecturer I work a lot with young people and I feel free and accessible education is really important,” she said.

“Our Tafe system is so valuable – it needs to be maintained.”

She said she was aware of the importance of inclusivity on wellbeing and said Greens values aligned with her personal values.

“Just a kinder world is what I’m looking for,” she said.