1 Candidate details
Name: Denis Dardengo
Number of years in shire/LGA: 39 Years
Current councillor? No
Are you a member of a political party or an organised ‘ticket’? Yes
If yes, which party or who else is on your ticket?: Gianpiero Battista, Rebekka Battista, Anthony Pilati, Brian Henry, Brendan Pearce, Barry Robinson
Brief description: Born in Lismore to a local Italian farming family, Denis has resided in Lismore all his life. Married with four young children, Denis works as a business development manager.
2 What has motivated you to stand?
Gianpiero Battista is a hard-working and passionate councillor dedicating his time to making a Lismore a better place now and in the future. His level of drive, commitment, and his policy priorities have compelled me to join with him to stand for council. Lismore’s future needs to be guided by strong individuals who know the area and will work for the best interest of Lismore and its residents. It is, after all, Team Battista’s call; ‘for the love of Lismore’.
3 What is your vision for the shire/LGA?
A strong, exciting and vibrant area in which Lismore takes its rightful place as the capital of the far north coast of NSW. We have so much to offer: tourism through Nimbin, our other trendy villages and our world-class rainforest areas; quality tertiary education through SCU; rich farming and agricultural land; close to neighbouring shires and a Lismore CBD that will be the beating heart of the area for years to come. For Lismore to build on these qualities, we need a council that listens to all ratepayers, understands the bigger picture and provides a strategy for Lismore into the future that is inclusive, sustainable and within our means.
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 council should integrate all possible measures to protect our fabulous local environment when approving subdivisions, road construction and traffic management. That being said, council must work inside the legitimate parameters in all cases and reach workable solutions for all stakeholders involved. It is a fine line to walk, but Lismore, like all LGAs, will benefit from being able to entice more people to live in our beautiful area. More ‘bums on seats’!
5 What particular issues do you feel strongly about?
Retaining Lismore’s place as the capital of the far north coast.