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Greens announce Lyne candidate

posted Jun 17, 2010, 1:30 AM by Ian Oxenford

Three Rivers Greens today announced their candidate for the upcoming Federal election.

Ian Oxenford, a resident of Kendall was the successful candidate, and will be representing Three River’s Greens in the seat of Lyne.

Ian was a natural choice as our representative” said Co-Convenor of the Three River’s Greens, Paula Costanzo.

With degrees in agricultural science & development economics, he has work experience in Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, USA & Vietnam. More recently he established short course programs in rural development, forestry and rural health management at The University of New England for clients from developing countries, including Asia-Pacific, Africa and South America”.

His interest in the developing world has continued with his Burma-born wife, Tin Hta Nu, & their completion of a school in rural Burma. Ian & Tin initiated the project & raised over $40,000 with the Kendall community. They have just returned from Burma where they inspected the school & identified additional needs such as scholarships for medical students in the same region.”

His skills complement the demographic area of Lyne, said Ms Costanzo”. “We are very excited to have someone of Ian’s expertise in both his qualifications, and his current work as a farmer at Kendall. He is also active in the local community, as the Secretary of the Queens Lake Sailing Club and a Foundation committee member of Climate Change Australia Hastings Branch”.

Ian is a supporter of public education, greater access to public transport for passenger travel, and believes the rail network should be upgraded as a matter of priority to transport freight which is more energy efficient & less costly to the taxpayer’s purse in terms of road accidents and maintenance. He is a member of the 2030 Community Advisory Panel for Port Macquarie Hastings Council & will be promoting these themes along with transition town approaches, such as renewable energy, energy efficiency, local food production & other sustainable sources of local employment.

Off-road cycle way for Camden-haven

posted Oct 19, 2009, 8:24 PM by Ian Oxenford   [ updated Jun 17, 2010, 1:32 AM ]

Greens candidate for Lyne, Ian Oxenford, along with the proprietor of Laurieton Cycles, Tony Rowe, has called for the development of a purpose-built off-road cycle way from Laurieton to Kendall. Students from Camden Haven High School would be major beneficiaries.

Mr. Oxenford said, ”the concept has the support of the Kendall Future Directions committee & the Camden Haven High School, including the Parents & Citizens Association.”

The benefits are endless, including improved health for the riders; much is made of childhood obesity & there is no better exercise than cycling. Of course, safety is paramount & that is why the path must be purpose-built & separated from the road, not just an intermittent white stripe along the road side.

There are frequent requests from tourists & holiday makers to the area asking for bike paths so that visitors can safely tour the Camden Haven area by cycle”, said Mr. Rowe. “Sadly I have to tell them that there is no such facility in this area.”

Climate change, despite the best efforts of governments to take it of the agenda, has not gone away & all efforts should be put in to reducing fossil fuel usage. Cycle-use can help this by students riding bikes to school instead of being driven by parents. Cycles could substitute for cars by Laurieton residents when doing minor shopping & other activities. It works in Amsterdam, why not here,” said Mr. Oxenford.

Mr. Rowe also commented on the number of elderly would-be customers who enquire about cycle-use on the advice of their doctors. But fear of injury from cars scares most of them off.

Tourism to cafés in Kew & Kendall would benefit as visitors could take a leisurely ride to these scenic spots to taste the dining highlights of the Camden-haven hinterland. In the interest of sustainable employment we need to foster & promote the small businesses of these villages.

As part of it’s Action for Bikes: Bike Plan 2010, the NSW State Government made commitments for substantial of-road cycle-ways throughout the state, let’s keep them to this undertaking.

The RTA website shows the action & planning required for cycle-way development.

Nationals frenzy proved a furphy

posted Oct 15, 2009, 4:00 PM by Ian Oxenford   [ updated Jun 17, 2010, 1:26 AM ]

The National’s awareness of the current agenda of the State Government is being questioned by the Green’s candidate for Lyne, Ian Oxenford.

The Nationals started an online survey in conjunction with a recreational fishing group, spreading misinformation about what they said was a proposed marine park between Lake Cathie and Crowdy Bay”.

The proposed marine park was a recommendation by a private body, not a State Government Department” said Ian. For the Nationals to say this was on the agenda is blatantly untrue. The NSW Environment & Climate Change Minister, Mr Frank Sartor, was forced to address confusion and concern that should not have occurred in the first place”.

They have used a recreational fishing group to spread misinformation, whipping up a storm that was not even on a synoptic chart.”

While the Greens will always support proposals to conserve wildlife for future generations, we will also ensure that truth is not lost in the process. The Greens believe truth has a place in politics”.

The Nationals need to take responsibility for their fear campaign. New marine parks were not on the agenda. I call on the Nationals to apologise to the recreational fishers they misled”.

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