GREENS candidate for Lyne, Ian Oxenford is a semi-retired agricultural scientist and economist with more than years experience in rural development throughout the Asia-Pacific Region.
This includes long term work in Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, USA and Vietnam. Ian moved to his farm on the Camden Haven from Armidale in 2000.
"I am passionate about climate change action and sustainable living, especially in rural areas," Ian said.
"Along with my Burma-born wife, Tin Hta Nu, we initiated and completed a school project in Burma raising over $40,000 with the Kendall community.
"I started Kendall Community Supported Agriculture which evolved into the Kendall Vege Bazaar, and also initiated the Camden Haven Anti-fracking Group to fight against threatened coal seam gas exploration in our area.
"Gloucester and the Manning are threatened with coal and coal seam gas developments.
"This is completely unacceptable in this area of prime agriculture and tourism.
"I am the only candidate in Lyne to unambiguously oppose any of these activities. Greens do not accept donations from coal or coal seam gas miners so we can take a clear moral stance against these polluting industries."
Ian said the Lyne electorate has embraced solar power and households deserve a fair return on their investments.
"The Greens are the only party to push for a nation wide feed in tariff for household rooftop solar.
"I support local food production, processing and marketing of value added products and the need to develop truly sustainable jobs, not just more construction work which is not sustainable
"A survey has shown that the cost of living is of prime concern to Lyne voters. "Australia with all our wealth ranks poorly when it comes to housing affordability.
"I support alternatives to the traditional expensive brick and tile house, such as modular homes, which can be built at half the cost and half the time as a traditional home,'' he added.
"We urgently need land reform to allow more flexible land settlement while still protecting genuine prime agricultural land."