Name: Group J (Dot Holdom)
Council: Tweed Shire
Number of years in shire/LGA: 32
Current councillor? Y/N
Yes lf yes, how many years?: 2004–2005 14 months, also attended meetings after dismissal and attended 3.5 years of meetings 2005–2008 – 2008–2012 sitting and re-nominating councillor.
Clubs/sports/interests: social member Cudgen Headland SLSC, reading, walking, reading, researching, reading, and more reading
Are you a member of a political party or an organised ‘ticket’? Y/N YES
Organised ticket, GROUP J
lf yes, which party or who else is on your ticket?: Mandy Luff, Doreen Welsh, Una Cowdroy, Sam Fien
Brief description: An individual that believes in equity, good governance, best outcomes possible and probity, I still believe there’s more to do to help the Tweed.
2 What has motivated you to stand?
l want to finish what I started, completing important plans of management for the shire’s overall benefit, see the Clarrie Hall Dam raised to ensure the shire is drought-proofed cost effectively for our residents, the drought of 2002–2003 is still fresh in my mind. To be a part of the review of the NSW planning system for our future, the independent review of local government itself and continue caring for best social, environmental and economic outcomes.
3 What is your vision for the shire/LGA?
A well-governed place, where the natural charm of the place is maintained, Tweed council politics must shed the culture articulated by Commissioner Maurice Daly and we fight even today so that such a shameful chapter never comes to pass again.
4 In your opinion, how can council best balance the need for further residential development with the need to preserve the local environment?
By recognising that we have enough greenfield sites for the next thirty years, and that in order to prevent urban sprawl, we also need to address brownfield redevelopment rather than think about more greenfield sites being opened up. Scar only what we have already scarred.
5 What particular issues do you feel strongly about?
All of the committees I have been on have given me such a rich and diverse outlook on the many and varied needs of our community. I have been so privileged to meet so many different people by being part of the committees I have been on, and I am richer in knowledge for these past four years. I feel strongly about most things; I believe in equity (balance) in everything. I have been so privileged to represent the committees I’ve been on.