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1 Candidate details

Name:Stephen McCarthy

Council: Ballina Shire (A Ward)

Town/city: Ballina

Number of years in shire/LGA: 38 years

Current councillor? No

Clubs/sports/interests: Ballina basketball, Microsoft Bizspark member, water polo, amateur radio

Are you a member of a political party or an organised ‘ticket’? No

Brief description: Family, businessman. Self-employed in partnership in a bakery for last 30 years. Registrar of Ballina Basketball Association. Live on Ballina Island with wife and three children, who have just finished schooling and are going to university.

2 What has motivated you to stand?

After addressing council on several attempts to initiate a four-court basketball stadium in the interest of the whole shire, especially now we have a bypass, I could not walk away without satisfying myself I gave it my best shot. I believe infrastructure is lacking in the shire, primarily owing to goals being set too high for our budget.

3 What is your vision for the shire/LGA?

Again with the bypass comes new strategies and I believe we could remain a quiet warm community by comparison with the Gold Coast and still increase tourism dollars with a commercial marina and a four-court stadium, and if the chamber of commerce is concerned for an events centre, why not think outside the box and build it on top of Wigmore Arcade (in the dead centre of town) instead of creating another white elephant down at the footy field.

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

This is an issue that needs more debate, brainstorming to produce the correct long-term town planning

5 What particular issues do you feel strongly about?

My strongest issue has risen from the damage to the shire from not taking the initiative to dredge the Ballina bar. Because it’s not bricks and mortar it isn’t seen as investment. It’s the most progressive stand we could take make to Ballina bar users much safer, increasing tourism and being an anchor to developing a professional marina. My second great issue, of course, is to insure a four-court stadium and introduce national competition.

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