Janine Kitson, Independent for Davidson
Why Janine Kitson is standing as the Independent for Davidson
Dear Davidson Voter
I seek your support. Please vote #1 for me on the NSW Election ballot paper on Saturday 25 March, 2023.
I want to represent you as your Member of Parliament for Davidson.
I stand as a trusted Independent. This means I do not receive donations from big donors, corporations or vested interests. Instead I have self funded my campaign along with small donations from committed individuals who care about community and grassroots democracy. I am also supported by a wonderful team of volunteers.
I want to tackle the issue of our times by taking strong action on:
Climate change action
Protecting the places we love
Integrity in government
If elected to the NSW Parliament I would represent you in doing my utmost to tackle the climate crisis, protect the places we love and inappropriate overdevelopment, implement stronger planning & environmental laws and work to ensure integrity in government.
Climate change action
implement 'on the ground' renewable energy projects such as 'Electrifying Bradfield'
support Davidson households and businesses get their energy from roof top solar
implement stronger climate focused planning and environment laws
Protecting the places we love
- implement stronger NSW planning and environment laws
- stop irresponsible haphazard 'spot rezonings' where not place is safe
- Return planning powers to democratically elected government to serve local community interests.
- oppose the 300-seat undercover grandstand at North Turramurra when there is only one road in and one road out in a high bushfire danger area
- oppose the clearing of nearly 50 hectares of bushland for over 400 homes at ‘Lizard Rock’ along Belrose's Morgan Road in a high bushfire area.
- oppose the proposal to demolish Killara's Lourdes Retirement Village and rebuild it as a seven storey building in a high bushfire area.
- oppose the rezoning of 18 storeys on the site of 'Eden Gardens' on the edge of Lane Cove National Park
Integrity in Government
- We need responsible and sustainable planning - not driven by developers' wish lists
End porkbarrelling and 'jobs for the boys'
Implement the cashless credit card to control poker machine gambling.
About Janine Kitson
BA, Dip Ed, M Ed, Dip TEFL, MA, M Ed (Hons), University of Sydney
Janine Kitson is standing as the Independent for Davidson in the upcoming NSW election on Saturday 25 March, 2023.
Last year Janine stood as an Independent candidate on the platform of climate change action, integrity in politics and defending the ABC for the seat of Bradfield in the Federal Election in May 2022.
Janine has a tremendous work ethic and long list of achievements that focus on protecting NSW's garden and bushland suburbs as an:
- elected local government councillor on Ku-ring-gai Council (2000-2004)
- Director of the National Trust (NSW)
- Vice-President of the National Parks Association of NSW
- Deputy Chair of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness
- long standing member of Friends of Ku-ring-gai Environment (FOKE)
- Inaugural Convenor of the Northern Suburbs of Sydney Branch of ABC Friends NSW & ACT.
Professionally Janine has worked as a teacher, writer and consultant for the NSW Department of Education.
Janine was appointed as the English Adviser for a Federal Government's overseas education aid project in Samoa (Primary Education Materials Project) from 1996-2000.
Janine also taught English in Japan with the Nagoya Board of Education from 1987-88.
Serving children and parents
Janine is a proud public school teacher and educator.
Within the Davidson electorate Janine has taught at:
- Killara High School, teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) and HSC English,
- Beaumont Road Public School, West Lindfield, teaching Japanese and Science.
As well Janine has also taught in a wide range of schools across NSW including the Conservatorium High School, Normanhurst Boys High School, Whalan High School, Elderslie High School, Eagle Vale High School, Ryde Public School, North Sydney Demonstration School and West Ryde Public School.
Janine also worked as a consultant for the NSW Department of Education's Learning Materials Production Centre which produced distance and school learning materials. Her HSC resource ‘Aboriginal Experience’ was recognised for an Excellence in Educational Publishing award in 1994.
Janine also taught English for the Nagoya Department of Education, as one of the first participants on the Japan Exchange Teaching Program.
Janine again worked overseas in Samoa as the English Advisor on the AusAid education project - the Samoa Primary Education Materials Project (1996-2000). There she was privileged to work with Samoan educator Faaea Mulitalo and together they wrote fifteen student workbooks and radio broadcasts for Samoan students in Years 4-8.
From 2010-2020 Janine was a regular columnist for the NSW Teachers Federation journal Education writing children's book reviews.
Serving Bradfield's Community
From 2000-2004 Janine was elected as an Independent local government councillor on Ku-ring-gai Council where she championed Ku-ring-gai's built and natural heritage. She worked with local community groups to successfully achieve the public acquisition of environmentally sensitive land in the St Ives Blue Gum High Forest. Her other major campaign was protecting the heritage of Gordon Railway Station.
Defending Heritage and the Environment
Janine has always had a deep love of history. When she was 19 years old and in her second year of her Bachelor of Arts degree at Sydney University she joined the Ku-ring-gai Historical Society and soon after that joined its Committee. As well, during her time as a university student majoring in Australian History, Janine volunteered as a guide at the National Trust's Experiment Farm Cottage at Parramatta and at its S.H. Ervin Art Gallery at Observatory Hill. Janine also volunteered as guide for the University of Sydney's Chancellor's Committee Guided Tours of Sydney University.
Janine's dream was to teach English and History and share her fascination with how the past shapes the present and future. She felt local history nurtured a sense of place and belonging. She believed literature taught self understanding, empathy and compassion.
Janine served as a Director of the National Trust of Australia (NSW) from 2004-2012 where she worked to promote and protect heritage properties and conservation areas across NSW.
She proudly served the National Trust by supporting its property 'Wirrimbirra' at Bargo by serving as the President of the David G. Stead Memorial Wildlife Research Foundation of Australia who managed and financed this property. This State Heritage listed property was gifted by the Stead Foundation to the National Trust in 1965. Environmental educator Thistle Y. Harris (1902–1990) established the Stead Foundation to commemorate the memory of her environmental pioneer husband David G. Stead (1877–1957).
Janine has led many heritage walks celebrating Bradfield's natural, built and cultural heritage including guided tours of Gordon Railway Station and garden precinct, Turramurra's Sheldon Forest, and St Ives Blue Gum High Forest. These walks have been in partnership with community groups including Friends of Ku-ring-gai Environment, Blue Gum High Forest Group, Ku-ring-gai Historical Society, National Trust (NSW), STEP, and Friends of Tulkiyan and Eryldene.
Janine worked closely with the Bradfield community to protect the State Heritage listed values of Gordon Railway Station which were under threat in 2004 from inappropriately located lifts. With the expertise of the Ku-ring-gai Historical Society she led a delegation to the NSW Heritage Council that successfully put the case that the lifts needed to be relocated.
Then again in 2018 Janine led a campaign to protect Gordon Railway Station when State Rail wanted to expand platform 1. This proposal threatened a heritage camellia hedge planted by the renowned gardener Professor Waterhouse of Eryldene.
Again this led to the successful replanting of Professor Waterhouse’s camellia hedge with even some being retained. State Rail also agreed to plant a ‘green wall’ to cover a recently constructed large concrete wall on the western side of Gordon Station.
As Vice President of the National Parks Association of NSW and Deputy Director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness, Janine developed her ecological understanding, so necessary in the advocacy of NSW's forests, rivers, rainforests and woodlands across NSW including Lithgow's Gardens of Stone.
Fundraising for Stewart House
As President of the NSW Teachers Federation's Ryde-Macquarie Teachers Association (2011-2017), Janine worked with teachers to organise seven public education dinners starting with Jack Mundey, celebrating the 40th anniversary of the first Green Bans that saved so much of Sydney’s built and natural heritage. These dinners raised $15,000 for Stewart House - NSWTF’s official charity that provides short term holiday respite for NSW public school students in need.
Working for ‘Jobs and the Environment’
From 2017-2019 Janine collaborated with the Combined Retired Union Members Association (CRUMA) and Retired CFMEU to organise delegations of retired unionists to visit Lithgow’s Gardens of Stone - a landscape of spectacularly beautiful and rare ironstone pagoda rock formations and rare biodiverse upland swamps. This helped begin conversations about how 'just transition' and environmental protection is a win-win for workers and the environment. A short segment of one of these union visits can be seen on the Tom Zubrycki documentary Gardens of Stone, Living Landscape (https://www.gardensofstone.org.au/)
Janine is a member of Unions NSW’s Retired Unionists and has chaired its meetings. She also attends Unions NSW's Women's Committee meetings that seek economic equality and justice for women. Janine has been privileged to work with Unions NSW's First Nations Committee to commemorate First Nations WWI veteran George Bennett, who tragically died in police custody in Mungindi in 1950 and was buried in an unmarked grave.
Since 2020 Janine has been a member of the ACTU’s Retired Unionists Network (RUN), a national network of retired union members, who seek to ensure Australia remains a fair and equitable nation based on decent wages and conditions (sick leave, carers leave, maternity leave, annual leave) as well as safe workplaces, good superannuation, secure work and the minimum wage. RUN believes a compassionate and prosperous Australia depends on access to social services like Medicare, the aged pension, the disability pension, unemployment benefits, youth allowance and public housing. RUN also argues for strong and well funded quality public services including those for aged care, health care, childcare, school education, TAFE, universities, the arts and the national broadcasters - the ABC and SBS. RUN is currently campaigning to implement the finding of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.
Life Long Learning
On retiring as a teacher, Janine worked as a tutor for the Workers Educational Association (WEA, Sydney) writing and presenting over 50 courses on Australian environmental history. Adults across NSW also enrolled in Janine's distance education discussion group WEA courses 'Possums, Power, People, Passion and the Protection of the Australian Environment' and 'Wombats, Wattle, Wilderness, World Heritage and Wellbeing'.
Janine has also taught and presented environmental history courses at the University of Third Age (U3A), university history conferences as well as to Probus and Rotary Clubs.
In 2019 Janine was invited to be the guest speaker for the National Council of Women’s Australia Day Scholarship luncheon, held at the Strangers Dining Room, NSW Parliament House where she spoke about the founder of the modern environment movement US marine biologist Rachel Carson.
Standing up for the ABC
Janine was the founding Convenor of Northern Suburbs of Sydney (NSoS) Branch of ABC Friends NSW & ACT formed in 2019. In October 2020 she led a delegation to Parliament House, Canberra, calling for the budget cuts to the ABC to be reversed.
Honoured by the Community
Janine has been honoured with the following awards:
- Allen and Beryl Strom Award, National Parks Association of NSW, 2016
- NSW Teachers Federation Life Member, 2016
- Service to Students Medal, NSW Department of Education, 2015
- Ryde-Macquarie Teachers Association Life Member, 2014
- North Shore Times Community Medal for Conservation & the Environment, 2010.
Growing up in Davidson
Janine has lived most of her life in Gordon and attended Gordon Public School and Killara High School.
She also spent her early life growing up in Japan attending Yokohama International School. Returning to Australia she later attended Nepean High School.
Born in Hamilton, New Zealand in 1960, Janine has renounced her New Zealander citizenship in order to stand for the upcoming Federal election.
Janine has worked tirelessly within the community for many years.
ABC Friends NSW & ACT
Janine Kitson, who has led the Northern Suburbs of Sydney branch of ABC Friends since its establishment with both energy and inspiration . . .
Ku-ring-gai Bat Conservation Society
Janine Kitson has been a member of KBCS for decades. She was a Councillor on Ku-ring-gai Council for four years and strongly supported a campaign to prevent development/destruction of Blue Gum High Forest from 2003 - 2007.