1 Candidate details
Name: Kate Olivieri
Council: Lismore City Council
Number of years in shire/LGA: Lived in Broadwater (now part of Richmond Valley Shire) for first 18 years of life; returned permanently to Lismore in early 2011 after visiting the far north coast multiple times yearly.
Current councillor? No
Clubs/sports/interests: Australian Local Government Women’s Association, Girls in Government Inc, social justice, equity and diversity, live music, current affairs, dancing
Are you a member of a political party or an organised ‘ticket’? Yes
If yes, which party or who else is on your ticket?: We are Girls in Government, an independent all-female ticket. Our members are Kate Olivieri, Angela Mathew, Scout Symons, Terry Lawrence and Vicki Findlay.
Brief description: Community development expert, interested in social justice, sustainability, women and young people
- Local to the region, returned in 2011 to work in equity and diversity in the community I love
2 What has motivated you to stand?
- I want to see more women and younger people participating in their community and local government.
- I want to see good social, environmental and economic decisions that support each other and really build on unique aspects of our community, like our creative industries, our connections to the land, and our progressive initiatives.
- I have excellent policy/program creation and decision-making skills, especially in the context of community-building to a budget, which would be invaluable for council. I developed these through eight years working in federal government departments, in social policy.
- A happy, vibrant, coal-seam-gas-free Lismore that values its community and environment, and balances social, environmental and financial decisions to improve, maintain and promote Lismore’s unique environment and develop its creative industries.
- by prioritising best use of land before overdevelopment – identify ways to protect good agricultural land and local areas of significance, and implement these
- by considering what can be done to creatively and sustainably develop existing residential and industrial areas
- by using the recently-approved housing strategy to support housing that meets the needs of our actual population (more lone-residence buildings, walking distance from facilities)
- In short: Affordable housing, funding for community projects, sustainable development, opposing CSG, social inclusion, and CBD revitalisation.
4 In your opinion, how can council best balance the need for further residential development with the need to preserve the local environment?
by having transparent and meaningful consultation processes that allow for real input into decision making from all stakeholder groups
5 What particular issues do you feel strongly about?
But in more detail…
- taking into account how developments, community projects, infrastructure work affect all residents, not only specific interest groups
- seeking additional funding for community projects that creatively promote a sense of community
- having a council that works well together and is representative of more sections of the community.