Name: Russell Logan
Council: Tweed Shire
Number of years in shire/LGA: All life
Current councillor? No
Clubs/sports/interests: local rugby league, and grassroots sports
Are you a member of a political party or an organised ‘ticket’? No
Brief description: I was chair of the Tweed Byron Local Aboriginal Land Council from 2001 to 2008. I co-own a private Indigenous enterprise providing workforce training and development to corporate Australia and Indigenous communities across Australia.
2 What has motivated you to stand?
To provide local input into council and have that perspective of representation from a local level and as a businessperson for what growth the Tweed needs, but taking into consideration where we have came from, who helped build the Tweed, from the early fishing and sugarcane industries to the modern tourism that we have to offer, which dictates the rates we pay, where we can build, and the conditions of our roads.
3 What is your vision for the shire/LGA?
Create local identity for the Tweed for the representatives of the past, present and the future and incorporating local Indigenous culture that we have to offer the vision of the Tweed locally, statewide, nationally and internationally.
4 In your opinion, how can council best balance the need for further residential development with the need to preserve the local environment?
By listening to the residents, and also listening to council staff, who are more than expertise than I, who provide a service through the general manager. As I long-term resident, I have a great insight, through land management of the Tweed Byron Local Aboriginal Land Council knowledge of cultural and environmental issues affecting development and share that with all people in the shire.
5 What particular issues do you feel strongly about?
Bringing it back to local issues, local people and local solutions. We all live here as one, not us and them. We work together, plan together and grow together.
Recognition of all people of the Tweed, past, present and future.