Name: Leyla Roberts
Town/city: Meerschaum Vale
Number of years in shire/LGA: 22
Current councillor? Y/N No
If yes, how many years?:
Clubs/sports/interests: Dance. Music. Bushcare
Are you a member of a political party or an organised ‘ticket’? Y/N Yes
If yes, which party or who else is on your ticket?: Greens
Brief description: Please describe yourself in 30 words or less. (NB: Responses of more than 30 words will be edited by Echonetdaily.) Living in the area for 22 years; partner in a local business; committed to the management and regeneration of our bush land, waterways and beaches; studying Law at SCU and have a degree in Communications.
2 What has motivated you to stand?
Frustration that the current council is pro-development without regard for sustainability and consideration of our remaining bushland, waterways and beaches.
3 What is your vision for the shire/LGA?
A representative local government with an improved organisational structure. Transparent fund allocation with more community consultation. Less involvement in commercial development. More support for local businesses and the retention of agriculture in the region.
4 In your opinion, how can council best balance the need for further residential development with the need to preserve the local environment?
Ballina Council does not currently have any funds allocated for the regeneration of our remaining native bushland. There is no monitoring of pollution in our waterways or on our beaches. There needs to be closer and more detailed scrutiny of tree clearing on agricultural and land zoned for residential development to protect native flora and fauna. Residential development needs to be sustainable with a careful and organised infrastructure in place before decisions are made.
5 What particular issues do you feel strongly about?
Without a healthy environment we have nothing to leave for our children. Transparency and honesty at a local council level reflects a true and representative democratic government. Overspending on commercial development is not what the people of this area want. Supporting and encouraging small businesses will keep our money in our local area. CSG mining and it’s associated infrastructure must never be part of our economy.