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Greens Announce Community Campaigner As Candidate for Bragg

The SA Greens today announced long term Skye resident and well-known local environmental community campaigner, Jim Bastiras, as their candidate for the Bragg by-election.

Greens SA MLCs Tammy Franks and Robert Simms launched the campaign.

“As Chairperson of the Residents Against White Rock Quarry I have seen what can happen when our community works together to achieve change. I would be strong local voice in state parliament, fighting for action on climate, protection for our environment and a planning system that serves the community interest,” said Mr Bastiras.

“In just 12 months we built a movement of over 1,500 people to take on plans to expand mining operations in White Rock Quarry. It’s this kind of people power that I plan to mobilise in the days ahead,” he said.

Tammy Franks and Robert Simms said Mr Bastiras would be a positive addition to the Greens team in State Parliament.

“After a record vote for the Greens at the state and federal elections, we believe this is now a three-cornered contest, effectively taking a previously safe seat and making it matter. With Peter Dutton and David Speirs now in control of the Liberal Party, this is an opportunity for the voters of Bragg to send them a message. After over 50 years as so-called Blue-Ribbon seat the community of Bragg deserves a strong, local voice in the Parliament,” said Ms Franks.

 

Who is Jim Bastiras?

·         12-year resident of Bragg, aged 46, married to wife Tsun and raising their 3-year-old daughter Artemis in the suburb of Skye

·         Since 2005 has worked as a lecturer and coordinator at the University of Adelaide College (teaching in critical thinking)

·         Chairperson of Residents of White Rock Quarry since 2021 – a movement that now has more than 1,500 members

·         Education – Bachelor of Arts (Labour Studies) and Diploma of Agricultural Production (Horticulture)

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