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March 5, 2021

Neil Marks – Lismore candiate

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1 Candidate details

Name:  Neil Marks

Council: Lismore City Council

Town/city: Lismore

Number of years in shire/LGA: 22

Current councillor? Yes      If yes, how many years: 4

Clubs/sports/interests: Soccer (still playing), motorcycling, theatre, AFL, League, Union, speedway, cricket… Yes, I am a sports tragic.

Are you a member of a political party or an organised ‘ticket’? Yes, National Party member but they play no role in mine or any others running for council.

Brief description: I have worked in the media for 28 years, which has placed me in direct contact with all parts of our community, making me very accessible for them to voice their wants and needs. I have four children ranging in age from three to 20, who try to keep me grounded. I am married to Deborah, who tries to keep me under control and organised. In fact I couldn’t do what I do without her love and support.

2 What has motivated you to stand?

I am standing for my second term because I believe there is a lot to be done in inspiring confidence in our area that it is a great place to live, raise a family and invest in for business.

Strong businesses create a strong community and create wealth for all.

3 What is your vision for the shire/LGA?

I want to see our area grow through practical actions. I want to see it grow with sensible development bringing in people who have the confidence to invest in our area. I want to see business have the positive attitude that sees them employ people in the local area.

Our area needs to see and appreciate the farming community as the protectors of our environment that they are and not brand them destructive as they have in the past. They are the best greenies I know.

The Lismore area needs to appreciate what it has and to share it by attracting others to come and enjoy it.

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

Sensible development can be created by working together. Council’s role is to create the guidelines and environment that lets everyone know what is expected of them if they want to develop or invest in our area. Let them know up front what is required of them and help where we can. Residential development and preserving the environment are not mutually exclusive and can exist together.

5 What particular issues do you feel strongly about?

I feel strongly about growing the confidence in our area that sees people want to invest here, to welcome newcomers who see a future here and motivate those already here to work hard for the future of our area.

We have stood still for too long and now is the time to grab our future by the throat and give it a good shake before it’s too late.


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