1 Candidate details
Name: Kirsten Ealand
Council: Tweed Shire
Town/city: Farrants Hill
Number of years in shire/LGA: 12
Current councillor? No
Clubs/sports/interests: Tennis, pilates, reading, travelling and walking.
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 Tweed Greens – Katie Milne, Joanna Gardner, Andrea Vickers, Michael Manley, Ian Willis
Brief description: Please describe yourself in 30 words or less.
I am a small-business owner and mother of two with a background in teaching.
2 What has motivated you to stand?
After being involved with the Tweed Greens since its inception I feel the time is right for the Tweed to have a more progressive council.
3 What is your vision for the shire/LGA?
Vibrant, liveable towns with strong connected communities; residents that have a strong sense of ownership over and use of public space; a thriving small-business sector; developments that see the environment as an asset rather than an obstacle; a growing local food industry; a shire that is a role model in renewable energy and water-harvesting technologies…
4 In your opinion, how can council best balance the need for further residential development with the need to preserve the local environment?
Developments that preserve and work with the local environment as well as provide adequate public spaces are more desirable and liveable.
5 What particular issues do you feel strongly about?
I feel strongly about long-term thinking and planning, restorative development and community consultation. I also feel strongly about safeguarding the shire’s water and land from CSG mining.