1 Candidate details
Name: Barry Longland
Number of years in the Shire: 12
Current councillor for four years – two years as deputy mayor, currently mayor
Member of Murwillumbah Rotary Club; Board of the Murwillumbah Community Centre
Chair of the Tweed Coastal Committee and member of the Traffic Committee, Museum Advisory Committee, Board of Destination Tweed and Art Gallery Foundation
Head of an Independent ticket that includes: Cath Lynch – Cabarita Beach/Bogangar, Andrew Meeves – Terranora, Ron Cooper – Kingscliff, Bill Rowe – Fingal Head.
Brief Description: Before Council I was president of Uki Residents Assoc and a small-business operator. This followed a 25-year career auditing for the federal government. Qualified accountant and Bachelor of Commerce.
2. Motivation to stand:
Council has been characterised by extremes. I am motivated to bring the balance and stability to our decision making and provide the leadership for sustainable progress that will build our shire and protect our natural assets.
3. Vision for the Shire:
I recognise the things that make the Tweed special. The community want the natural environment, lifestyle and their amenity to be protected as well as a vibrant economy. I will make decisions that value these assets and protect our future
4. Residential Development/Environment:
The urban expansion that is already approved will be managed from the standpoint of ecological sustainability. Council’s role is to ensure that our community values and our vision are not compromised by our growth in population.
Water security, CSG exploration, economic development, a new planning system, climate change, youth/public transport, improvements to the public domain, Murwillumbah planning and our overall management of urban expansion will be among the big issues for the new Council.