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Tasmanian Greens - Media Release

Greens announce candidate for the federal seat of Braddon

Released: Sunday 7 July 2013

The Tasmanian Greens have announced Melissa Houghton, an Environmental Manager and small business proprietor, as the Greens candidate for the federal seat of Braddon.

Senator Peter Whish-Wilson launched Ms Houghton’s campaign on Sunday 7 July.

“Melissa grew up on the North Coast and will be a strong voice for Braddon,” Senator Whish-Wilson said.

“As the operator of a tourism business and former committee member of the North-West Coast Zone Marketing Group, Melissa understands the pressures facing people in this part of Tasmania.”

Melissa looks forward to working hard for the people of Braddon towards the upcoming election and beyond.

“I’m running for the seat of Braddon because I want to see a local economy that is managed to care for people and the environment,” Melissa Houghton said.

 “The Tasmanian brand means authentic, clean and green produce and we need to make the most of this opportunity.

“We need to broaden the region’s economic base and invest in health and education.

 “The Greens are the only voice in parliament for a more caring society.”

Melissa (32) has worked for Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife, the forestry industry in Canada and the Department of Conservation in New Zealand. She has recently been stationed on Macquarie Island as part of the Pest Eradication Project and she has a passion for Australia’s Antarctic region.  She has also been working on a biosecurity project in concert with the University of Tasmania and the Australian Antarctic Division.

Melissa has a long history with the Tasmanian Greens and stood in the 2010 state election in support of Paul “Basil” O’Halloran.

208 Elizabeth Street, Hobart.