1 Candidate details
Name: Michael Armstrong
Council: Tweed Shire Council
Town/city: Bilambil Heights
Number of years in shire/LGA: 3 having previously moved away from the north coast
Current councillor? No
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 Labor Party ticket includes fellow candidates Reece Byrnes, Marion Gardner, and Fred Hewison
Brief description: As a former solicitor I have worked across the north coast. I live in Bilambil Heights with my wife Jenni and children Rory, Sienna and Caira.
2 What has motivated you to stand?
I am committed to ensuring that the Tweed Shire Council gets back to basics, puts the needs of locals first so together we can fight for the services we need including better roads and infrastructure.
3 What is your vision for the shire/LGA?
We all know that we are lucky to live in the Tweed. Our lifestyle glorious coastlines, and our internationally regarded national parks are all part of what makes living here in the Tweed such a privilege.
Our Tweed Shire Council needs to respect the reasons why we all have decided to live in the Tweed and needs to put the interests of locals first. This is why we need a council that is in touch with the views, concerns, and ideas of the people of the Tweed.
4 In your opinion, how can council best balance the need for further residential development with the need to preserve the local environment?
Our council needs to balance the economic prosperity that comes from residential development with both the needs of the local community and the need to protect the environment. We need responsible development that looks at the social and environmental factors as well as the economic.
5 What particular issues do you feel strongly about?
The Tweed council needs to be in touch with the local community. We need a council that is focused on the needs of the community like jobs, services, and small business while maintaining our unique lifestyle.
The Tweed community has a right to be concerned that our council takes the wishes and views of locals for granted and the next council needs to open the doors and invite the community to share their views and concerns so that the decisions reached by councillors have the best interests of council at heart.