Mental health platform
Keppel Cassidy is the fourth candidate to throw their hat in to the ring to vie for the seat of Euroa at this month’s Victorian election.
Mr Cassidy has been announced as the Greens candidate for Euroa, joining incumbent Steph Ryan (The Nationals), Fionna DeppelerMorton (Labor) and Ian Firth (independant).
Mr Cassidy is a community mental health worker and musician in central Victoria, and said he is passionate about mental health and having healthy, connected rural and regional communities.
He said he has seen first hand the devastating impacts of mental illness on families in regional Victoria, exacerbated by high levels of unemployment, income stress, homelessness and inadequate community support services to help those in need.
‘‘I am standing for the Greens because they are the only party with a plan to fully restore the funding for community mental health that has been stripped away by the coalition and ALP governments over the last five years,’’ Mr Cassidy said.
He is also committed to seeing all fully-costed plans of the Greens implemented, including a significant investment in affordable housing, which will see 40 000 public housing homes built in the next four years.
‘‘The Greens have also committed to transforming our ageing, unreliable public transport system, protection of Victoria’s stunning forests and bringing our energy system back into public hands, where it belongs,’’ he said.
‘‘Finally, the evidence is becoming increasingly clear that we are facing a climate emergency, and the cost of doing nothing will become greater every year.
‘‘We are also committed to protecting the magnificent forests of this state, such as those found in the Strathbogie Ranges, that are being ravaged by clear-fell logging by the current Labor Government.’’
❝I am standing for the Greens because they are the only party with a plan to fully restore the funding for community mental health that has been stripped away by the coalition and ALP governments over the last five years.❞ — Keppel Cassidy