Greening our perspectives
Monday, 28th February, 2011
By Gina Wilson
The city's Greens candidate for the NSW election said she wanted to change perceptions about the party.
Heidi Hendry, who is believed to be Broken Hill's first Greens party candidate, said the long held belief that Greens were anti-mines and anti-agriculture was wrong.
The 36-year-old former IT consultant said she now had the tough task of changing the perception of voters in the Murray-Darling Electorate.
"I am realistic about the perception of The Greens in the area and I hope to change that perception," she said.
"What I hope for more than anything is that people will go to our website and look at our policies."
Ms Hendry said the idea that The Greens were anti-agriculture, as was voiced by Federal local MP Sussan Ley recently, was wrong and had been drummed up by other political parties.
"(It's) a misconception that the Greens and farmers don't connect," she said.
"I think it's possibly other parties that have painted these pictures of The Greens because in fact if you go to the website and read our polices, which are very open and easy to read, they are all very supportive, supportive of rural and regional initiatives, public transport, rural youth support and services.
"The reality is that The Greens are very supportive of farmers, the local community and local agriculture."
The Greens' policies suited many people, Ms Hendry, the granddaughter of a miner and cattle farmer, said.
"The Greens is a grass roots organisation so every greens member has a say on the policies and that includes miners' and farmers' granddaughters," she said.
"I am supportive of mines but they have to clean up after themselves and that's reasonable."
She said she was hanging her campaign on five key issues: stronger public services, including investing in rural hospitals; returning Country Energy to public hands; creating a clean economy and getting more green jobs; cleaning up politics, including getting more transparent policies and stopping political donations; and giving more power to the people for planning projects and building public transport.
Ms Hendry moved from the big smoke to outback NSW in January with her teacher husband and two children.
"I love it, I feel at home."
Ms Hendry is now the third candidate for the March 26 election with sitting Member John Williams running for The Nationals and Neville Gasmier running for Labor.