Greens candidate throws hat in ring

Young politician: Jayden Rivera will contend for the Campbelltown seat in the March 23 state election. Picture: Simon Bennett
Young politician: Jayden Rivera will contend for the Campbelltown seat in the March 23 state election. Picture: Simon Bennett

Jayden Rivera does not think installing fencing on Appin Road is a strong enough measure to protect our chlamydia-free koala colony.

The new Greens candidate for the seat of Campbelltown in the March 23 election believes more should be done to protect koalas in the region, and that’s one of his big pushes this election campaign.

The 25-year-old Menangle Park resident said plans to erect wire fencing to prevent koalas crossing the busy Appin Road as housing developments are constructed was a terrible idea.

“They’re basically just building a Trump-like wall,” he said. “That’s not going to fix anything. We need overpasses and underpasses.”

The fast-food manager’s other big issues for this campaign are education and health. He believes nursing education should be made more affordable, or free, so more people can attain their certifications.

“It’s a matter of supply and demand, and at the moment we have too many patients and not enough nurses,” Mr Rivera said.

“People aren’t going into nursing because it’s too expensive.”

The Greens candidate has lived in the Macarthur area his whole life, previously calling St Helens Park and Ambarvale  home.

He said watching his mother slowly die of a terminal illness was the reason behind his other big campaign issue: legalising voluntary assisted dying.