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1 Candidate details

Name:  John Zahn

Council: Tweed Shire

Town/city: Tweed Heads

Number of years in shire/LGA: 46 Years

Current councillor? No.

Clubs/sports/interests: Surf lifesaving member 50 years; member Tweed/Coolangatta Golf Club 45 years.

Are you a member of a political party or an organised ‘ticket’? Group A – Charles Street Team

If yes, which party or who else is on your ticket?: Kaye Sharples, Paul Milner, Mel Naylor.

Brief description: Started career in Tweed Heads – manager National Bank. Opened first TAB office Tweed Heads. CFO Tweed Heads Golf Club 15 years, GM Pottsville Bowls Club two years. Retired. Eight years vice-president Tweed Chamber of Commerce. 50 years active membership Surf Lifesaving Movement incl Tweed.

2 What has motivated you to stand?

To put the word local back into local government – to get party politics out of local government. Local Government should be government BY locals FOR locals.

3 What is your vision for the shire/LGA?

A place where people come to enjoy our beautiful open-space environment not a concrete/highrise one.

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

Provide for medium-density areas with adequate transport to and from these areas.

5 What particular issues do you feel strongly about?

The large amounts of capital being spent which we will all have to repay in increasing rates.


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