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February 27, 2021

Scout Symons – Lismore candidate

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1 Candidate details

Name: Scout Symons

Council: Lismore City Council

Town/city: Lismore

Number of years in shire/LGA: Originally from near Melbourne in Victoria. Moved to Casino in late 2007 and ventured over to Lismore nearly a year ago.

Current councillor? No

Clubs/sports/interests: I am a member of the Rotary Club of Casino, student mentoring co-ordinator in the Southern Cross University Law School Society.

I play touch football and futsal.

I am interested in studying, being active/fit, spending time with my family, social-justice issues and volunteering.

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

If yes, which party or who else is on your ticket?: We are Girls in Government, an independent all-female ticket. Our members are Kate Olivieri, Angela Mathew, Terry Lawrence and Vicki Findlay.

Brief description: 20-year-old Law/Social Science student, SCU, Lismore

  • volunteers with four mentoring programs including AIME (Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience)
  • Five-year volunteer, Five Loaves mobile soup kitchen
  • Miss Lismore Beauty Queen 2012

2 What has motivated you to stand?

I am very interested in our local area which is why I have undertaken a unit in Local Government as part of my degree. I wanted to stand to help Kate, but also to provide a perspective from a younger generation. I am heavily involved in many volunteer programs and think that Lismore local government needs some young people advising and assisting in decision making.

3 What is your vision for the shire/LGA?

A better spread of people on council, including equality in men and women, race, religion and gender.

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

I think we need to listen to both sides and make decisions based on the situation, not on prejudged ideas.

5 What particular issues do you feel strongly about?

I feel strongly about homelessness, which is why I am heavily involved with the Five Loaves mobile soup kitchen.


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