1 Candidate details
Name: Amelia Hicks
Council: Ballina Shire B Ward
Number of years in shire/LGA: 2 years
Current councillor? No
Clubs/sports/interests: swimming, bushwalking, 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?: The Greens
Brief description: I am marketing manager of Challenges Abroad. I have been directly involved in the fight against CSG and believe in preserving the natural environment while fostering a strong local economy and deep sense of community.
2 What has motivated you to stand?
I am motivated to stand because I strongly believe in the policies of the Ballina Greens and I am proud to be a supporting candidate for Jeff Johnson.
3 What is your vision for the shire/LGA?
My vision is of a thriving shire with a deep sense of community, a strong local economy and preserved natural environment.
4 In your opinion, how can council best balance the need for further residential development with the need to preserve the local environment?
By ensuring that adequate planning controls are in place. Ballina Council has recently rezoned over 240 hectares of rural and agricultural land for residential subdivision. It’s important that the local environment is protected, and that the developers pay for the upgrades to local roads affected by the developments.
5 What particular issues do you feel strongly about?
Climate change is a major issue that will affect all Australians but it is my generation and the generations after me that will have to deal with the consequences of not acting. There are many things we can do locally to reduce our shire’s impact.
I want to keep the Ballina Shire CSG Free!
Too often the voice of our local youth are not heard and I want to bring the issues that young people are concerned with into the focus of our shire.