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April 12, 2021

Kieran Drabsch – Ballina candidate

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1 Candidate details

Name: Kieran Drabsch

Council: Ballina

Town/city: Ballina

Number of years in shire/LGA: 2½ years

Current councillor? No

Clubs/sports/interests: Tintenbar East Ballina cricket and soccer club, attend local church BBQs, body surfing,

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

If yes, which party or who else is on your ticket?: Country Labor

Brief description: A local high school teacher, I am motivated by serving the community as teacher and helping with Sunday school at church. As a young adult I am passionate about sport.

2 What has motivated you to stand?

I was motivated to stand for office because I believe in Ballina and want to be part of protecting Ballina’s future. I aim to be a fresh face restoring the community’s voice to council by refocusing the council on their role of supporting the wellbeing of the local economy; to upgrade our sporting facilities for the whole community.

3 What is your vision for the shire/LGA?

Ballina deserves a balanced vibrant local economy that provides a future for our children with diverse opportunities and careers. Ballina is a wonderful family community and I deeply desire to be part of making Ballina the premium northern rivers community for working families.

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

Council can best balance residential development and the local environment by widely consulting the community and local businesses. Re-establish an independent economic development unit to manage and plan for long-term sustainable development that incorporates green corridors and open spaces. Be willing to explore the potential environmental benefits of mixed-density planning to limit urban sprawl and save on amenities.

5 What particular issues do you feel strongly about?

I am passionate about supporting and consulting with the business community to promote a sustainable, vibrant and diverse local economy. Protecting our unique environment and integrating a balanced tourism strategy that promotes Ballina as the family-friendly community, which Ballina excels at achieving. I believe by working together we can make Ballina an even better place to live.

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