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Greens candidate eyes off Newcastle Lord Mayor role

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The Newcastle Greens will launch a four-prong assault on the NSW Local Government elections in 2024.

Residents are scheduled to head to the polls on Saturday 14 September to decide the best people to represent them on their respective councils, including City of Newcastle (CN).

With popular councillor John Mackenzie stepping away after seven years, there could be a few new faces filling the breach.

Charlotte McCabe, Joel Pringle, Sinead Francis-Coan and Jackson Dunlap were officially unveiled as the Greens’ candidates this week.

Ms McCabe, a Ward 1 contender, is also seeking the Lord Mayor’s position, currently held by Nuatali Nelmes.

“I’m excited and inspired by this team,” she said.

“We have a huge amount of talent, experience and passion, which I know will deliver a powerful campaign over the coming months.

“I’d like to thank Cr John Mackenzie for his service to the community.

“It’s been an honour to work with him and I’m extremely proud of the contributions we’ve been able to make together this term to ensure transparency, accountability and evidence-based decision making remained a focus of the chamber.”

Who’s who?

Ward 1 candidate and Lord Mayoral candidate Charlotte McCabe is an educator, community organiser and incumbent councillor.

“It has been a privilege to serve the community during my first term as an elected councillor,” she said.

“I hope to continue this representation if I’m successfully elected as a Ward 1 councillor.”

Ward 2 candidate Joel Pringle brings extensive experience in the not-for-profit sector as a housing rights, social justice and environmental campaigner.

“It’s time to bring integrity back to the City of Newcastle,” he said.

“I’m excited by the prospect of joining a new Greens team on council to deliver the affordable, enjoyable and accessible neighbourhoods and council services that residents have been calling out for.”

Ward 3 candidate Sinead Francis-Coan is a committed advocate for workers, environment, women, youth, “live” performance and the night-time economy.

“It’s been a privilege to represent Ward 3 as a candidate in the previous council election,” she said.

“So, it is once again a humbling opportunity to honour my ongoing connection with the Ward 3 community.”

Sinead led high-profile campaigns to save the Tower Cinemas and Raise The Bar Newcastle, which focused on safety in licensed venues.

Ward 4 candidate Jackson Dunlap established his own business in Newcastle East and understands the challenges and opportunities for local ventures.

“I’m running for council because I want to be a voice for small business, encouraging strong economic growth,” he said.

“I think it’s important to bring the voice of business owners into the chamber to ensure local economic development is a priority.”

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