Tweed Water Extraction Development Decision – Not Good for the Region

MEDIA RELEASE 5th October 2018: Greens Candidate for Lismore Sue Higginson says the decision of Tweed Shire Council yesterday to approve the controversial development application to extract thousands of litres of water annually from a Uki property was short sighted, ill-informed and not in the Regions best interests. Ms Higginson …

Early Start to Official Bushfire Season in Lismore Warning of what to Expect Under a Changing Climate

MEDIARELEASE 25th July 2018: The current climatic conditions that have prompted an early start to the official start of bushfire season in Lismore, Kyogle and the Richmond Valley on August 1 are a warning of the increased severity and frequency of extreme weather under climate change, according to the NSW …

Sue Higginson endorsed as Greens candidate for State Election

MEDIA RELEASE 6 June 2018 Expert environmental lawyer, farmer and local, Sue Higginson has been announced as the Greens candidate for Lismore for the 2019 State Election. “I’m humbled and very excited to be endorsed as the Greens’ candidate for the seat of Lismore at the 2019 State Election,” said …

Supporting local farmers important to community health

Supporting local farmers important to community health

Media release Tuesday 15 May:

Environmental lawyer, Sue Higginson, who specialises in land use conflict says the Nationals have betrayed their community with the decision of NSW Health to choose foreign owned Dairy Farmers milk over that of Norco.

“Like many in our community, I’m disappointed that NSW Health has chosen a foreign multinational company as its milk supplier rather than the local farmer owned cooperative Norco.

“This adds to the Nationals’ track record of shafting local farmers for big business.

“Norco is a staple of our region and has an admirable history in supporting dairy farmers and riding out the pitfalls of deregulation and supermarket price wars. They shouldn’t be kicked to the ground by the Nationals when dairy farmers are already struggling.

“Its not good enough for the Nationals to blame NSW Health’s procurement policy. The procurement policy should weight local businesses more favourably, like councils have done in our local area.

“I’m a farmer and know how tough it is securing contracts and getting your product to market. Just now I’m harvesting 30ha of dryland rice and I know how important local markets are.

“Supporting local businesses keeps jobs and money in the local economy which is essential for our community’s health and wellbeing.”