THE Greens have endorsed young community activist Rochelle Flood as their candidate for the seat of Port Stephens in the March 28 state election.
"I am excited to have this opportunity to promote the Greens' vision of a progressive and sustainable future to the voters of Port Stephens," Ms Flood said.
"We will campaign vigorously for a future of clean energy, improved public services and a healthy environment."
The 23-year-old recently graduated from the University of Newcastle, majoring in theatre.
She has been actively involved in several community movements, including GetUp! and Amnesty International.
She was also a co-organiser of the successful March in March rally in Newcastle in 2014, which showed the strength and breadth of opposition to Liberal government policies.
"I would also like to restore integrity and trust in state politics and address issues such public education, health and social services, as well as affordable housing," Ms Flood said.
Port Stephens Greens convenor Liz Stephens, who received more than 4000 first preference votes in the last state election in 2011, said the party was lucky to have Ms Flood as its flag bearer for this important campaign.
"She will bring both enthusiasm and campaign experience to share with our many local volunteer supporters."
The seat is held by the Coalition with a 14 per cent margin over the ALP.