1 Candidate details
Name: Robyn Sparks
Number of years in shire/LGA: Region 25 years, the last six in Ballina.
Current councillor? Y/N No
Clubs/sports/interests: I am a head coach for a Dragon Boat club and compete at national level. I also paddle with a local outrigger canoe club. I have facilitated a support group for local Ballina shire women for five years.
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?: Ballina Greens
Brief description: I live in Ballina and enjoy a sense of community here. I work in early childhood education. I have a degree in Applied Science, specialising in Natural Resource Management.
2 What has motivated you to stand?
Ballina’s strengths lie in its community, economy and natural environment. Our shire needs councillors who care equally for these assets.
3 What is your vision for the shire/LGA?
A shire with high employment rates for all people who live here. A shire using clean energy, minimising waste.
4 In your opinion, how can council best balance the need for further residential development with the need to preserve the local environment?
I believe it is best not to put residential development on floodplains, on good agricultural land, or in wildlife habitat.
5 What particular issues do you feel strongly about?
I feel strongly about community consultation.