1 Candidate details
Name: Tim O’Hara
Council: Tweed Shire Council
Town/city: Clothiers Creek
Number of years in shire/LGA: 7
Current councillor? No
Clubs/sports/interests: Murwillumbah Cycle Club, cycling, swimming, music, agriculture
Are you a member of a political party or an organised ‘ticket’? N0
Brief description: Practical person who likes to deal in facts rather than conjecture. Have worked predominantly in small business and I am currently establishing a native-fruit orchard.
2 What has motivated you to stand?
The current council is factionalised and lacks true independence. We have an opportunity to create a unique area that is attractive for families, business and tourists. Without change this opportunity may be lost.
3 What is your vision for the shire/LGA?
An economic, social and environmentally sustainable area with low-impact industrial and vibrant agricultural sectors providing long-term employment.
4 In your opinion, how can council best balance the need for further residential development with the need to preserve the local environment?
The latest statistics suggest lower population growth and a shift in demographic toward smaller households. The focus needs to shift away from large-scale greenfield developments and toward urban and rural redevelopment. This will take the pressure off the environment caused by urban sprawl.
5 What particular issues do you feel strongly about?
The lack of independence in a council that has the inability to make long-term sustainable plans let alone implement them. Anyone standing for council must have the skills to be able to work with others of diverse backgrounds and ideals and be able to compromise to achieve outcomes that benefit the entire community.