1 Candidate details
Name: Adam Guise
Council: Lismore City Council
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