Name: Lindy Smith
Council: Tweed Shire
Town/city: Tweed Heads South
Number of years in shire/LGA: 34 yrs
Current councillor? No
Clubs/sports/interests: volunteer instructor with youth organisation
Are you a member of a political party or an organised ‘ticket’? No
If yes, which party or who else is on your ticket?:
Brief description: I am a professional and have been a small business owner for 29 years. I have worked with many members of our community from all sides of politics on significant matters over the last 13 yrs.
2 What has motivated you to stand?
I have a keen interest that we do not return to the bad old days that led to the ICAC/Bulford/Daley investigations and that proper/due process prevails in the interest of the ratepayers/residents.
3 What is your vision for the shire/LGA?
That council provides open transparency so that the community has confidence in the integrity of council. As the shire grows we maintain our own identity separate from the Gold Coast by preserving our coastal/rural villages and unique environmental assets. To manage development so that it is truly sustainable with infrastructure/services keeping pace.
4 In your opinion, how can council best balance the need for further residential development with the need to preserve the local environment?
By adhering to our strategic planning documents and legislations in place that provide for proper sustainable planning that make for healthy living. To recognise the economic values of our environmental assets and to factor in the cumulative impacts to both the community and environment.
5 What particular issues do you feel strongly about?
That we look to the shire’s economic future and shift to growing light industries and value-add with our agricultural sectors. The shire’s future water supply is secured by increasing the capacity of Clarrie Hall Dam.