Name: Sue Meehan
Council: Ballina Shire Town/city: Ballina
Number of years in shire/LGA: 4 years
Current councillor? Yes
If yes, how many years?: 4
Clubs/sports/interests: chair, Arts Northern Rivers; chair, Northern Rivers Community Art Gallery (Ballina); director/board member, Ballina District Community Services Association (BDCSA); member Richmond/Tweed Regional Library Committee
Are you a member of a political party or an organised ‘ticket’? No
Brief description: Female special-needs teacher, Ballina Public School. Mother and grandmother, with four generations living in Ballina Shire. I am passionate about social justice and equity across the community including aged, youth and Indigenous persons.
2 What has motivated you to stand?
I believe councillors should reflect the diverse nature of our community. I love living in Ballina Shire and am striving to ensure Ballina Shire retains the aspects of life that make our lives so enriched while preparing and planning for a growing community.
3 What is your vision for the shire/LGA?
To retain and build a community that values our natural assets and the people who live here.
To ensure vibrant and appropriate commercial, cultural and social development to support Ballina Shire’s diverse mix of residents.
4 In your opinion, how can council best balance the need for further residential development with the need to preserve the local environment?
Good planning, with care taken to ensure infrastructure is provided by the developers, who will benefit the most. Strict adherence to Good Policy regarding our natural and built environments, landcare and water.
5 What particular issues do you feel strongly about?
• a cultural, social, sporting and recreational precinct for the Kingsford Smith area of downtown Ballina.
• greening of our urban and streetscape environment
• support for a successful ageing strategy in Ballina Shire
• support and recognition for volunteering in our community
• river care