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February 27, 2021

Shae Salmon – Lismore candidate

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1 Candidate details

Name: Shae Salmon

Council: Lismore City Council

Town/city: Lismore

Number of years in shire/LGA: 30 years

Current councillor? No

Clubs/sports/interests: I love spending time with my children; I’m a nature and wildlife lover who enjoys the beach, gardening and rollerblading. I have been a carer with Friends of the Koala for many years.

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

If yes, which party or who else is on your ticket?: Northern Rivers Greens – Vanessa Ekins, Sue Stock, Adam Guise and Amanda King.

Brief description: I am passionate about my family’s happiness and welfare. I have been an academic at SCU for almost 10 years and love living on my rural property.

2 What has motivated you to stand?

As a long-time resident, I love our Lismore area and want to be actively involved in community decisions, so we can sustainably survive and prosper in the future.

3 What is your vision for the shire/LGA?

To be a thriving cultural and agricultural centre, producing our own food and encouraging the arts. A safe place for our residents is paramount with provision for reliable, available public transport and progressive educational facilities for our children.

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

Priority must be given to our wildlife and environment; it is fragile and vulnerable and once gone cannot be replaced. However, we need to progress and develop housing and industry through careful procedures sensitive to environmental needs. Medium-density housing using existing structures and emphasis away from instant excessive profits will help do this.

5 What particular issues do you feel strongly about?

The immediate threat to our land and health from coal-seam gas mining is a priority. I am also concerned that more energy-consuming traffic lights may be planned to replace our traffic-efficient roundabouts. Rural pollution also needs more strict and efficient regulation.

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