THE Greens are hoping it will be third time lucky at the state election in November.
The party has endorsed Thomas Campbell as its candidate. It will be the third time Mr Campbell has contested the South West Coast seat, having stood in 2014 and in the by-election of 2015. In 2014, Mr Campbell received 9.79 per cent of first preference votes, with that share dropping to 7.59 per cent in 2015. He was also The Greens candidate for the seat of Wannon in the 2016 federal election, winning 8.1 per cent of the primary vote.
Mr Campbell, 26, said he was keen to pursue changes to the Belfast Coastal Reserve management plan, which was released last week.
“It looks like the government was trying to run to the middle ground instead of trying to find any principles or ethics to follow,” he said of the plan.
“We are going to find those principles and ethics and apply it to the situation. I have no doubt there will be a community response, with a lot of different stakeholders coming together.”