1 Candidate details
Name: Bruce Campbell
Council: Tweed Shire
Town/city: Cobaki Valley
Number of years in shire/LGA: All of life
Current councillor? No
Clubs/sports/interests: supported our daughter to play soccer at a junior level through to an elite level over a long period; member of a Lions Club; and take part in sporting activities myself.
Are you a member of a political party or an organised ‘ticket’? No
Brief description: Brought up on an intensive-agriculture farm, mainly dairying and small crops. Had commercial experience outside of farming and have travelled extensively overseas. Interested in the future use of agricultural land on the Tweed, where small producers can access cheaper land to land share parcels of grazing land and make them more productive at the same time returning up to 50 per cent back to conservation. To also support town markets with local produce with an offer of a fresher choice.
2 What has motivated you to stand?
We live in a area of the shire that has lost its farmers to higher costs, and economies of scale and suitability of land make it harder to farm. Our road network is being pushed to the limit with high volumes of traffic without the necessary planning to alleviate the problems. I see a greater need for youth participating in sporting activities and to pursue additional land for that need.
3 What is your vision for the shire/LGA?
To diversified the region with a cultural and sustainable future.
4 In your opinion, how can council best balance the need for further residential development with the need to preserve the local environment?
I believe the shire doesn’t need to create the best jobs in Australia to attract people here. We have the climate and the lifestyle. We need to offer people an alternative to living in suburbia with its high costs of living, and offer a lifestyle where they can be self-reliant and some employment with prospects in small business.
5 What particular issues do you feel strongly about?
The growing population and the pressures from the enormous growth of the Gold Coast. The lifestyles people live and the cultural change.