THE Greens Party has announced a candidate for MacKillop in the 2014 State election.
Donella Peters, based in the Adelaide Hills’ Heysen electorate, will run for the seat against the incumbent Liberal Mitch Williams.
“I believe every South Australian should have the option to vote for a compassionate and environmentally-friendly alternative to the major parties,” Ms Peters told the Herald.
“I’m passionate about strong communities and wanted to stand as a candidate in this election to give everyone a chance to vote for a better way for SA.”Ms Peters told of her love for the country being the main reason she joined politics.
“I have loved the Australian bush ever since I was a little girl,” she said.”That stayed with me as I grew older and became more aware of social justice issues too, so I joined the Australian Greens in 2001 because they stand up for both of those issues.”
Ms Peters sees environmental issues looming large in the lead-up to next month’s election.”The SA Greens are very concerned about preserving our farmland – particularly from open cut mines or fracking,” Ms Peters said.
“We will stand up to the greedy miners to protect SA’s food and wine regions and provide a fair go for farmers and regional communities.”
Education is another issue Ms Peters and her party are keen to see put in the spotlight.
“We believe every South Australian kid deserves a quality education, regardless of whether they grow up in the city or the country,” she said.”We want to invest in education so every kid has the chance to reach their potential.”
Ms Peters also put forward her stance on employment and the economy.”The economy is changing fast and we want to create the jobs for the future, today,” she said.
“We can be world leaders in renewable energy, food production, water management and many other industries that provide jobs and investment for our future.”
She was under no illusions as to how difficult her task to depose Mr Williams as the Member for MacKillop would be.
“MacKillop is obviously a very safe seat, but the people who live there should never be taken for granted,” Ms Peters said. “I think the major parties both show a lack of real concern for the environment and the welfare of many people in our communities today.
“I strongly believe the people of MacKillop deserve the chance to vote for an alternative to what is on offer from the old parties.
Donella Peters is the Greens candidate for the seat of MacKillop in the upcoming State election.
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