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March 9, 2021

David Yarnall – Lismore candidate

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1 Candidate details

Name: David Yarnall

Council: Lismore City Council

Town/city: Lismore

Number of years in shire/LGA: 30

Current councillor? Yes.  If yes, how many years?: 4

Clubs/sports/interests: South Lismore Cricket Club, AFL, bushwalking, camping, reading, history

Are you a member of a political party or an organised ‘ticket’? Yes, but we are not members of a political party. We are independents.

If yes, which party or who else is on your ticket?: Tony Roden, Cathy Kavanagh, Ross McDougall, and Vicki Smith

Brief description: I live near The Channon and run a small building-trade business. I am a volunteer in the RFS and I am involved in community work.

2 What has motivated you to stand?

The poor state of our roads. Our community was incensed and decided to do something about it. Council has lost sight of the basics by trying to do too much. Waste and mismanagement need to be addressed. Community consultation should drive council’s decision making, not wish lists or pet projects.

3 What is your vision for the shire/LGA?

I see Lismore as a leading regional centre catering for a diverse range of people by providing opportunities for jobs, education, housing and services. We have to work smarter to find solutions to the many challenges facing our region. We need to address long-term financial sustainability through the adequate maintenance of existing infrastructure.

4 In your opinion, how can council best balance the need for further residential development with the need to preserve the local environment?

Sustainable development is the key. Development should not cost the community economically, socially or environmentally. Robust community consultation is essential along with appropriate management controls, eg the Koala Plan of Management and an up-to-date Local Environment Plan.

5 What particular issues do you feel strongly about?

The lack of adequate maintenance of existing infrastructure. Councils should not take on new projects without maintaining existing assets. This is about generational equity. The current generation is not paying for the use of council’s current assets. Long-term financial sustainability is essential and should be the key criterion in decision making.

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