1 Candidate details
Name: Jenny Dowell
Council: Lismore City Council
Number of years in shire/LGA: 21
Current councillor? yes. If yes, how many years?: 8.5
Clubs/sports/interests: Reading group, U3A, gardening – at home and at Lismore Rainforest Botanic Gardens, ambassador Cancer Council
Are you a member of a political party or an organised ‘ticket’? Yes
If yes, which party or who else is on your ticket?: Country Labor with deputy mayor Cr Isaac Smith, Cr Ray Houston and candidates Glenys Ritchie, Kevin Bell and Naomi Worrall.
Brief description: I’m married with two adult children. I was a teacher of deaf children and am currently mayor. I’ve always believed in volunteering to give something back to the community I love.
2 What has motivated you to stand?
I love Lismore and have lots of energy and capacity to fulfil the role of mayor with enthusiasm and care for another four-year term if the community so chooses.
3 What is your vision for the shire/LGA?
I want an LGA that can face opportunities and threats so that future generations can live, work and love life here in a healthy environment, harmonious society and prosperous economy.
4 In your opinion, how can council best balance the need for further residential development with the need to preserve the local environment?
We can balance growth with preserving our environment through good land-use planning including protection of agricultural land, increased urban density, improved housing affordability and better transport links.
5 What particular issues do you feel strongly about?
I’m passionate about creating a strong and cohesive community. That passion, combined with a commitment to good governance, transparency and communication, are my guiding principles as Lismore mayor and councillor.