COMMUNITY diversity and a passionate youth population is why the Greens feel they have such a strong foothold in the Ballarat region.
This city has largest Greens membership in the state, outside Melbourne, and Ballarat candidate Alice Barnes said support had never been stronger for the party.
“There are lots of farmers in the region. There is a focus on sustainable living in towns like Buninyong, Daylesford and Clunes. There is interest in sustainable models in the business community,” Ms Barnes said. “Lots of young people in town really supporting what we do. The reason I joined the Greens was primarily to give a voice to the issues most people really want movement on.”
Ballarat grannies impressed Greens leader Richard Di Natale when in their march on Canberra with Grandmothers against Detention of Refugee Children. He told The Courier our grannies were among the most active and vocal on Australia’s treatment of those seeking refuge and protection on our shores.
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