Meet Scott, council candidate for Division 13

Scott Wallace is the Animal Justice Party (AJP) candidate for Division 13 for the 2020 Gold Coast City Council election. Scott is an Environmental Scientist, passionate educator and animal rights advocate with qualifications in Law. On a mission to encourage and inspire people to re-evaluate their relationship with nature, Scott believes we need to embed Earth-Centred philosophies and principles in our human governance systems, society and culture.

Having called the Gold Coast home for over 10 years now, Scott wants to ensure that our city will flourish and grow in a way that is ecologically responsible, understanding of people and place, and considerate to local, regional and global contexts and challenges.

As someone who treasures the beauty of our coastline and is well aware of the importance of healthy oceans, Scott is passionate about ocean protection and conservation. Volunteering for environmental protection and not-for-profit organisations, Scott is a proactive member of the community participating in initiatives that have a positive impact on people, the planet, the environment and animals.

“From the calming rainforests, to the refreshing tranquil creeks and everything in-between, the Gold Coast has rich natural environments and biodiversity that needs to be cherished and protected,” Scott said.

“I envisage the Gold Coast and our residents being led and supported by an engaged council that supports the natural environment, wildlife and other animals.” 

“Social, economic and community development or progress must not come at the expense of the environment. It’s imperative that we strike the balance, but to do so will require us as a community to consider different perspectives and to approach some things differently, setting a new course for a shared vision. We cannot make progress while people and animals continue to be exploited, or while undemocratic and corrupt processes continue to occur.

“It is the Council’s responsibility to take action that contributes to a safe, compassionate, vibrant and truly sustainable city for the benefit of the entire Gold Coast community, both human and non-human. If elected, I will make action based decisions based on the AJP’s core principles of kindness, rationality, equality and non-violence to address the climate and ecological emergencies we face today.

“It is time to acknowledge and respect the rights of all members of the Earth Community to exist, thrive and evolve."

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