Message from Charles

Charles Jago

Hi, I’m Charles Jago, your Greens candidate for Drummoyne. As the candidate for Drummoyne in this NSW state election in 2023, I want government to address the critical issues – climate, government integrity, transport and infrastructure, education, housing for everyone and justice for First Nations and women.

I want a government that acts urgently against climate change. The NSW Government has done some good work toward transitioning our economy and electrical grid to renewables, with the support of other parties. But the government still supports new coal and gas projects, which scientists say will destroy any chance of restricting climate change to 1.5 degreesSee more…

I want a government that spends more money on schools, hospitals and services – and wages of the teachers, doctors, nurses, ambulance staff and many others who make them work. Instead, we have a government that spends its money on motorways and ensures that developers can get rich. Our local public high schools are understaffed and badly maintained.

I want a government that spends more money on schools, hospitals and workers wages. Instead, we have a government that spends its money on motorways and ensures that developers can get rich.

I want a government that protects animals and ecosystems across NSW: everything from forests and koalas to the Murray-Darling basin to our alpine areas. Instead, we have a government subsidising logging by the government-owned State Forests, contributing to substantial habitat loss. Our government also manages a planning system with little attention to support for ecosystems, trees and animals, but then is suddenly surprised when so much wildlife dies from loss of habitat. See more…

I want a government that helps people to have a roof over their head that they can afford. Little is being done to fix the housing affordability crisis, affecting both renters and prospective home owners. The NSW government has done some good work recently to reduce homelessness, without actually making more social housing available. Meanwhile, for decades both major parties in government have actively sold off and undermined social housing, so that waiting lists have risen to over 50,000.

I want a government that helps create a livable city with human scale and green open spaces, with good development and planning managed by democratically accountable councils. Instead, the NSW government micro-manages planning rules to create an unaccountable developer’s paradise that constantly disadvantages local residents. The scenario reduces democratically elected councils to cogs in the NSW government bureaucracy, unable to stand up for local residents, heritage or the local environment.

My past professional experience includes IT, community development, the energy industry and adult education. Currently, I also teach English in the community as a volunteer.

As a councillor since 2017 and former Deputy Mayor of Canada Bay Council, I have focused on practical ways to implement more sustainable council policies and ways to ensure development meets local residents’ needs. See more…