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Byron Shire
May 9, 2021

Adam Guise – Lismore candidate

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1 Candidate details

Name: Adam Guise

Council: Lismore City Council

Town/city: Lismore

Number of years in shire/LGA: 13 years

Current councillor? No

Clubs/sports/interests: Lismore Community Gardens; Lismore Community Sustainability Forum; hiking, surfing, permaculture, tabletop war-gaming

Are you a member of a political party or an organised ‘ticket’? Yes

If yes, which party or who else is on your ticket?: The Greens, with Vanessa Ekins, Sue Stock, Shae Salmon, Beth Shelley and Amanda King

Brief description: I am using my legal and education qualifications in order to campaign against coal-seam gas, and instead grow a green economy based on renewable energy and sustainable farming practices.

2 What has motivated you to stand?

  • protecting our region from the destructive impacts of coal-seam gas mining
  • taking action on climate change in order to transition to a zero-carbon economy
  • ensuring the Lismore region remains environmentally progressive and affordable for the diversity of people that live here
  • representing younger people who don’t have a voice in politics

3 What is your vision for the shire/LGA?

  • transition to a renewable-energy economy through local renewable-energy production projects such as solar PV, micro-hydro and biogas
  • reduce car reliance by lobbying for the return of the rail service; expanding footpaths and cycleways; promoting car-share initiatives; and investigating mini-commuter-bus options
  • greening Lismore streetscapes with edible verges, community gardens, riverbank restoration, and accessible parks
  • creating a vibrant CBD with markets, live music, cultural events and festivals, with a particular focus on the river
  • providing affordable medium-density housing with energy efficiency and sustainability at its core, in order to cater for an ageing population, students and singles
  • closing the loop on waste by establishing Lismore as the regional waste recycling centre through the introduction of a container-deposit scheme
  • increase energy- and water-efficient medium-density housing stock
  • consult with the community about their needs rather than state-imposed growth plans
  • allow for communal and shared-facility housing developments in order to reduce our ecological footprint
  • promote appropriate shop-top living to make Lismore CBD more vibrant and accessible

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

·   protect farmland from inappropriate housing development

5 What particular issues do you feel strongly about?

  • protecting our farmland and communities from the negative impacts coal-seam gas will have on our agriculture and tourism industries; water; climate; and health
  • ensuring that Lismore takes leadership on transitioning to a renewable-energy economy so that we are better prepared for climate change and its economic consequences
  • building a stronger community through cultural events, volunteer activities and public participation in decision making, which enhances community wellbeing and solidarity
  • protecting our biodiversity and value-adding to our existing agricultural production so that we remain leaders in environmental sustainability

 


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