Councillor to lead Greens in key NSW seat

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A former fraud investigator and firefighter's daughter is hoping to retain a key NSW Greens seat at the March election.

Kobi Shetty has been announced as the party's candidate for Balmain in Sydney's inner west, taking the reins from retiring MP Jamie Parker.

Balmain is held by the Greens by a margin of 10 per cent over Labor - a gap Mr Parker built at successive elections after his surprise victory in 2011.

"My father was a firefighter for over 30 years and his lifetime of public service inspired me to want to serve my community as well," Ms Shetty said in a statement on Thursday.

"Having children has made me even more determined to go to work for this local area and protect what is special about our community, not just now, but for future generations."

The mother of three serves on the Inner West Council, having previously worked for National Australia Bank and other financial firms in fraud prevention and operations.

Mr Parker said the Greens were hoping to replicate the recent successes of their Victorian counterparts in consolidating their hold on the inner-city seats.

The party holds Balmain and neighbouring Newtown, as well as Ballina on the NSW north coast. It is also hopeful of taking the regional seats of Lismore and Shellharbour.

"We know that every vote is powerful and we are taking nothing for granted in Balmain," Mr Parker said.

"Knowing what an outstanding candidate we have in Kobi, I am confident that the seat of Balmain - with Kobi as its new local Greens MP - is in really safe hands."

Labor is putting forward another inner-west councillor in deputy mayor Philippa Scott.

She's already begun campaigning on returning the manufacturing of ferries to Australia and putting Balmain "back in government".

"The people of Balmain deserve to be represented by somebody who shares their values but can actually do something about them," she told reporters in October.



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