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March 6, 2021

Ross McDougall

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1 Candidate details

Name: Ross McDougall

Council: Lismore City

Town/city: Lismore

Number of years in shire/LGA: 24 years

Current councillor? No

Clubs/sports/interests: rugby league, Rural Fire Service volunteer, secretary – Dunoon Men’s Shed

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

If yes, which party or who else is on your ticket?: David Yarnall, Tony Roden, Catherine Kavanagh and Vickie Breasley-Smith

Brief description: I operate a small business with my wife in Lismore. I’ve been a member of the Rural Fire Service for 16 years and my interests are gardening and landscaping.

2 What has motivated you to stand?

I want to see a vibrant Lismore with increased employment opportunities for my grandchildren.

3 What is your vision for the shire/LGA?

A vibrant CBD with unique shops. Improved roads, footpaths and drainage. Appropriate development in both the urban and rural areas.

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

Community consultation by developers and council planners at the early stages of a development proposal.

5 What particular issues do you feel strongly about?

The new council must listen to the community and get the basics right. This means improved financial management and work practices. Lismore’s deteriorating roads/footpaths and drainage problems need to be addressed. New urban and rural developments should be appropriate to their surrounds. I say no to CSG mining in the northern rivers.

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