Name: Anni Brownjohn
Council: Tweed Shire
Number of years in shire/LGA: 20
Current councillor? No
My interest is in growing my organic/natural food-processing business to provide good jobs for the region, and providing a platform for my company to promote the Tweed as a destination both nationally and internationally.
Are you a member of a political party or an organised ‘ticket’? Independent in Gary Bagnall Group
Brief description: I have lived in the shire for 20 years and my organic/natural food-processing business provides jobs for people in a wonderful region, which is the envy of many Australians.
2 What has motivated you to stand?
In the Tweed shire employment and business opportunities are shrinking. It’s time to look at how the ongoing changes to the national economy will affect the region in the longer term.
Our shire does not have an economic development office in the council – an oversight that I would like to see changed.
Our region is safe to live in, has a wonderful blue/green environment that is the envy of many Australians, close to a international airport, and provides an uncomplicated lifestyle.
Why have we not taken advantage of this and promoted the Tweed region to new and emerging low-impact industries and professions?
The Tweed needs jobs and a council engaged and experienced in both business and social issues.
3 What is your vision for the shire/LGA?
Retail is dying – and many shops in our shire are empty – what type of business could take up this space?
I’d suggest we have the lifestyle and environment that many younger professionals with families would find attractive.
Our good schools, great beaches and forest, and family-friendly safe environment provide great foundations for a secure and enjoyable life.
I’d like to see the Tweed region embrace the rollout of the NBN and promote the district as a ‘regional/country IT hub’. If the internet is the fastest-growing sector, why aren’t we looking to bring this low-impact business to our region?
Tweed Heads has the location and space to be a vibrant business community. Imagine smart cafes, full offices, interactive areas, vibrant streetscape and a busy commercial area! Possible? I believe so.
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 those councillors that sit on the Regional Planning Board take the community’s voice and views to the table.
The Tweed needs a local land use plan that is the key to the region’s overall strategy and planning. The community will need to agree on the direction that the plan will take us.
5 What particular issues do you feel strongly about?
• ongoing, sustainable, economic and social development
• ensuring that future plans include the community’s needs and views for the future
• political parties using local government as a training ground for potential national and state candidates – keep local council elections a political-party-free zone!