Musician Emma Anglesey to run for seat in Tasmanian Legislative Council

Environmentalist and musician Emma Anglesey will try to bring more of a Green influence to the state's upper house by fighting to win the seat of Launceston in the May election.
Environmentalist and musician Emma Anglesey will try to bring more of a Green influence to the state's upper house by fighting to win the seat of Launceston in the May election.

Launceston-based musician and environmentalist Emma Anglesey will run for the Greens in May’s Upper House election for the seat of Launceston.

Ms Anglesey, who has toured with several high-profile Australian acts and worked part-time as an advisor to Peter Whish-Wilson, will vie for the seat against Independent incumbent Rosemary Armitage and Labor candidate Brian Roe.

Ms Anglesey said she would be campaigning on a pro-arts and tourism platform, arguing that Tasmania’s clean and green brand would be impacted by the state government’s plan to open up sensitive forests to harvesting from 2018.

“We can’t destroy our ancient forests in the Tarkine and promote ourselves as a wilderness destination at the same time,” she said.

Ms Anglesey said tourism was important to the Northern economy with visitor nights in Launceston and the North-East having grown by more than 30 per cent over the past four years. She hoped her election to the Legislative Council would provide it with broader community representation.