Name: Dr Lee Andresen
Council: Ballina Shire
Town/city: Ballina A Ward
Number of years in shire/LGA: 15
Current councillor? No
Clubs/sports/interests: Ballina Coastcare, Ballina Environment Society
Are you a member of a political party or an organised ‘ticket’? Yes
If yes, which party or who else is on your ticket?: The Greens
Brief description: I’m a retired Science Teacher and Educationalist. I coordinate Ballina Coastcare. I believe The Greens, alone, operate democratically, standing on clear ethical principles. I proudly support Tony Gilding for A-Ward
2 What has motivated you to stand?
Since shifting here 15 years ago I have seen successive Councils making very bad decisions – . I believe that The Greens operate on the firm ethical principles and have the open-mindedness and vision that a new Council should have if Ballina is to progress as a Shire we can all be proud to live in.
3 What is your vision for the shire/LGA?
A place where everyone is welcome – whatever their race, skin colour, language, creed or religion – and where all have their say in how the shire should progress. A place which is increasingly independent and self-sustainable, proud to be able to care for, feed and house all its citizens. A place where vested interests and self-centred politics have a diminishing role in the Shire’s affairs, where everyone’s voice is heard regardless of their wealth or social standing. A Council where good, sound, defensible and honest reasons are publicly given for decisions that are made, and closed-door secret deals have no place.
4 In your opinion, how can council best balance the need for further residential development with the need to preserve the local environment?
By taking notice of how this problem has been solved elsewhere, learning from others, and adapting world best practice to local conditions. This is not rocket science – environmental sustainability and growth in population are able to go together, and the evidence is out there. The missing factor, which every society has to deal with, is our rate of consumption of resources. Ballina, if it seriously tries, can set a national example of how to achieve a good standard of living whilst consuming and wasting less.
5 What particular issues do you feel strongly about?
My passionate concerns are social equity and environmental conservation. They are not in competition – we can have both if we try