McMILLAN // LEONGATHA teacher and tour guide Donna Lancaster has been chosen as the Australian Greens candidate for McMillan.
Above: Donna Lancaster. Source: Facebook.
First published in the 25 September 2015 edition of the Warragul & Baw Baw Citizen.
Ms Lancaster was selected earlier this month and will face off against sitting Liberal member Russell Broadbent and Labor candidate Chris Buckingham at the next federal election, which could be up to a year away.
Talking to the Warragul & Baw Baw Citizen, Ms Lancaster said she had put her name in the ring because she was “concerned about a lack of investment in renewable energy, such as solar technology” and she was “aiming to get the needs of Gippsland residents out there.”
“I don’t want Mirboo dug up for a coal mine or turned into a gas field,” she said.
“If elected, I would also seek federal funding for public transport projects and further investment for renewable energy.”
Ms Lancaster grew up in Leongatha and studied outdoor education and teaching. As well as working in the education sector, she has been heavily involved with the Greens. She was a campaign assistant in the party’s head office during the 2007 federal election, ran with now-Melbourne MP Adam Bandt on his Melbourne Council ticket in 2008 and ran the party’s eastern metro campaign in 2010.
Her knowledge of the natural world has been put into practice through a long career as a tour guide.
“Ask me about penguins and I should know the answer,” Ms Lancaster said.
At the 2013 federal election frequent Greens candidate Malcolm McKelvie earned 7.6 per cent of the vote, down from his vote of 9.72 per cent in 2010.
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