Greg Keightley is Macquarie’s nominee for the Animal Justice Party | Hawkesbury Gazette

Greg Keightley.

The desire to defend animals, people and the planet inspired Greg Keightley to challenge the federal seat of Macquarie.

Mr. Keightley, of Glenbrook, represents the Animal Justice Party (AJP). He has worked in construction, the independent education system, and hospitality. He owns 500 acres of property in the Blue Mountains solely for conservation purposes and has established a wildlife sanctuary and rehabilitation center.

Mr Keightley became a volunteer wildlife rescuer in 2000 after witnessing the growing impact of human encroachment on animals and their habitat.

He advocated for the protection of various habitats and learned that biodiversity is essential, wanting legislative change to secure the country’s future. He says the AJP strives “to bring rationality, kindness and compassion into government decisions” and represents “those of us who see value in this world beyond our wallets, to our wealth and possessions”.

Mr Keightley said the biggest threat to Macquarie was climate change.

“The [AJP] has immediate and impactful policy on both how to deal with the existing effects of climate change and how to save our precious planet, he said.

Mr Keightley opposes the raising of the Warragamba Dam wall and the construction of Western Sydney Airport. He wants to create emergency centers, temporary accommodation for people and their animals, and reliable funding and equipment for emergency services.

Mr Keightley also wants to see more resources for firefighting, promised affordable insurance and a fair and equitable government buy-back program for people living in high-risk areas.