LOCAL environmental figure Dawn Jecks will again be heading the charge for The Greens in Brand after being announced as its candidate this week.
Ms Jecks has lived in Safety Bay for 20 years and is best known for her role with Hands Off Point Peron (HOPP).
She has been the party’s candidate for Brand at the past two federal elections.
She said the parallels between her work and what the Greens stood for were clear.
“The Greens have the courage and vision to advocate and deliver constructive solutions needed to face today’s challenges and to create a more positive future,” she said.
“This typifies the community work that I have been doing the past eight years as the driving force behind the HOPP campaign and the Cape Peron Coastal Park concept plan.”
Ms Jecks suffered a 7.4 per cent swing against her in Brand in 2013, but the increasing popularity of The Greens, especially among young voters, gives her renewed hope.
“People can see that The Greens aren’t afraid to speak out because they aren’t beholden to internal party divisions, big donors or vested interests,” she said.
“We put forward constructive and responsible policies the other parties don’t have the vision or courage to.”
Ms Jecks said her two biggest issues this election were housing affordability and jobs.
“Everyone deserves an affordable home; it’s the Australian dream, but the cost of buying or renting is too high,” she said.
“The impact of resources boom and bust cycles on workers and small businesses in Brand has been huge. What we now urgently need to do is to create the jobs of the future.”