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May 12, 2021

Kerry Turner

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1 Candidate details

Name: Kerry Turner

Council: Tweed

Town/city: Uki

Number of years in shire/LGA: 10

Current councillor? No

Clubs/sports/interests: Management Committee Murwillumbah Community Centre, director Murwillumbah Business Chamber, director Tweed River Agricultural 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?: Jayne Henry, Nicole Schiller, Rhiannon Brinsmead, Kevin Skinner

Brief description:  I am passionate about ensuring we leave behind a sustainable future for the youth that come after us.

2 What has motivated you to stand?

I have been involved with the Murwillumbah Community Centre since 2003 and witness on a daily basis the social outcomes that result from economic hardship. I would like to see a greater focus on developing sustainable employment opportunities.

3 What is your vision for the shire/LGA?

My vision for the Tweed is to build a strong economy that creates training and employment opportunities, especially for our youth, in a manner that supports and protects our natural environment.

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 that council should ensure that developers adhere strictly to compliance issues regarding the environment and that appropriate penalties are in place to act as a deterrent. I also believe that housing growth without job growth will only lead to an increase in negative social outcomes.

5 What particular issues do you feel strongly about?

I feel very strongly about the state of our local economy and about the issue of water for the future. Firstly, I believe we need an economic-development strategy as a matter of priority. I have seen an increase in the demand for community services such as emergency relief, food programs, financial counselling, tenancy support etc as a result of the economic downturn.

Secondly, I believe there are viable alternatives to the building of a dam. I lived in the UK for seven years prior to moving to the Tweed and the use of recycled water has successfully been in practice for a number of years throughout the UK and Europe. There is absolutely no need to build another dam.

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