Coastal community campaigner’s surf into politics

A sustainable hour with Damien Cole where he announces that he is running as an independent for the seat of Corangamite in the upcoming federal election.

In the 2018 Victorian state election, he ran as independent candidate for South Barwon.

We also play an extract from Dr David Suzuki‘s interview with Sydney-based podcaster Kerwin Rae, a statement by Swedish school strike activist Greta Thunberg, the song ‘We Don’t Have Time’ by Sustainable Soundtracks featuring Adam Baptiste, and ‘Red Moon’ by Missy Higgins.

“We must have development with values, integrating economic prosperity with social well being and our natural environment.”
~ Damien Cole, independent candidate

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“A voice for our community”

Damien Cole aspires to be an elected community representative for social and environmental change.

As a team member of a larger community mobilisation, he says he “wants to give back.” His approach is to use the blueprint developed at Torquay and galvanise various groups into alliances, formed in their respective communities.

During the 2018 state election, Cole wrote on his Facebook page:

“Have you ever felt angry at state of our political system? Shook your head at new policies brought into place? Looked on the news and thought ‘I don’t trust what this politician is saying’?

Well I can tell you I have done that too many times to count… And I’ve had enough!” (…)

“The reason I’m running is simple, our community is in trouble and something needs to be done.

Our environment is degrading at an alarming rate, house prices are going through the roof and developers are cramming more and more people into our communities with very little thought of the social and cultural impacts it is having on all of us.

All of this is happening in part thanks to local and state governments choosing to jump in bed with developers and corporations with $$ in mind. In short, our political system is failing us, politicians are using their platform to benefit their corporate friends, rather than standing for the community who put them into power.

Because of all this I can see a huge distrust in the system and a widening divide between the community and politicians who are supposed to be representing us.

However, I see this as a great opportunity to make positive change and give real power back to the people and decide how we want our community to look and feel like in the future. So I need all of your help, although I am running as an independent, I am representing every single one of you who has ever felt let down by the system and sees there needs to be a change in the way our communities are looked after.

Let’s stand up and make a positive change for our community.”
~ Damien Cole

Damien Cole

» You can connect with Damien Cole via his Facebook page

Dr David Suzuki’s ‘Unstoppable’ interview

“Why it’s time to think about human extinction”

Interview with Dr David Suzuki by Kerwin Rae, a Sydney-based strategist and ‘Unstoppable’ podcast producer

The songs we played

Sustainable Soundtracks: ‘We Don’t Have Time’
Missy Higgins: ‘Red Moon’









































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