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Byron Shire
May 15, 2021

Isaac Smith – Lismore candidate

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1 Candidate details

Name: Isaac Smith

Council: Lismore City Council

Town/city: Lismore

Number of years in shire/LGA: 38

Current councillor? Yes If yes, how many years: 4 years

Clubs/sports/interests: Goonellabah FC, Life Education Australia, school council (Summerland Christian College)

Are you a member of a political party or an organised ‘ticket’? Country Labor

Brief description: With a young family and a passion for our city and villages, Isaac loves listening to locals and leading our community to a brighter future.

2 What has motivated you to stand?

I wanted to have a say in the future of the city that gave me so much as I was growing up. Now in raising my family in Lismore I want to give them every opportunity to stay local, to prosper, and know that the future of our community is being guided in a fair and balanced manner. Lismore has so much to offer. I just want everyone to be a part of creating that story.

3 What is your vision for the shire/LGA?

Lismore is the capital of the northern rivers and needs to stay that way. For development to be sustainable it must be close to services, so Lismore is the only place in our region where we can grow the urban population and keep the environmental and social impacts contained.

We must continue to protect our natural environment for future generations. This includes our catchment and waterways, which have been neglected for so long. We need to return to the things that made Lismore strong, like the river, our unique CBD and our focus on livability!

4 In your opinion, how can council best balance the need for further residential development with the need to preserve the local environment?

By listening to the community and working with developers so that everyone gets a good outcome. The current Lismore City Council is the first in more than a decade to plan for the future with sustainable land releases and appropriate development. We did this in a respectful and consultative way so that the everyone has ownership of the issues.

Lismore is the only city on the northern rivers that can boast access to all the services that we need as a community. Anyone who lives in Lismore reduces their impact on the surrounding natural and built environment by cutting down on travel and social isolation.

5 What particular issues do you feel strongly about?

I am passionate about our CBD, which is unique and bucking the current downturn by showing that good planning and cooperation can limit the damage done by the global financial crisis. We are transforming our CBD so that it is a vibrant, clean and welcoming space where people are naturally drawn to our exciting cultural activities, amazing eateries and mix of fantastic local businesses.

We have amazing biodiversity that we must protect. This includes our beautiful waterways and the remaining big scrub rainforest. The flora and fauna that live in these areas must be given a chance to not just survive, but thrive.

I believe Lismore has an amazing opportunity to focus on its strengths in agricultural and environmental industries. We are a hub for environmental companies that can lead the world from our back door. We also have a great strength in agriculture with farmers who lead the world in their field. Such rich volcanic soils makes this the perfect place to establish niche farms, all the way up to large export farms, putting Lismore on the world stage.

There is so much more to Lismore and it villages. It is an amazing place to raise a family, a powerful economic hub in which to work and an exciting cultural experience to visit.


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