Camden election race gets Greens candidate

Green alternative: Karen Stewart has thrown her hat into the election ring as a Greens candidate for the Camden state seat. Picture: Simon Bennett
Green alternative: Karen Stewart has thrown her hat into the election ring as a Greens candidate for the Camden state seat. Picture: Simon Bennett

“There aren’t enough domestic violence services available to protect the people who are affected given the growth of our area .”

That’s the belief of the Greens candidate for the Camden state seat, Karen Stewart.

Ms Stewart said the growing rate of domestic violence in the Camden region required stronger solutions to deal with the broader issues that contributed to the growing problem.

“I am the secretary and treasurer for Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard so I have seen firsthand the affects of domestic violence,” she said.

“It has touched my life.

“While people might be aware of what domestic violence looks like, there are so many contributing factors we need to look at like poker machines, addiction, mortgage stresses, household bills and more.”

Ms Stewart said she hoped to bring more awareness to the issue throughout her campaign and if she was elected in March.

This is the Camden business owner and resident’s first foray into state politics.

“I decided to run to give people an alternative to the usual Liberal and Labor concept,” Ms Stewart said.

“I think people also want more transparency when it comes to their elected officials.

“People want to hear from politicians who speak the truth.”

Ms Stewart said climate change was one of the Greens larger party agendas.

“Climate change is an issue that affects everyone and the Greens will act on that,” she said. “Climate change is everyone’s responsibility and it doesn’t seem to be a party priority for [Liberal and Labor].

“There are a number of big factors in Camden such as water management and development.

“There is no reason to build so many houses on small blocks with black roofs and no tree canopy.”

Ms Stewart said Camden’s heritage and greenspace were an important part of why she loved the town so much.

“I love the heritage aspect of the town and the fact that we live on the rural-urban fringe,” she said.

“I can duck down to Wollondilly and spend some time in that rural setting or head out to Maroubra to spend some time where I grew up – but Camden has the best of both worlds.”