1 Candidate details
Name: Ron Cooper
Number of years in shire/LGA: 32 years
Current councillor? Y/N No If yes, how many years?:
Club/sports/interests: Youth and aged issues
Are you a member of a political party or an organised ‘ticket’? Y/N Yes Group E Independents – Mayor Barry Longland, Cath Lynch, Bill Rowe and Andrew Meeves.
Brief description: Retired 69 year old part pensioner 20 years Managing Director clothing manufacturing business 18 years gardener Tweed Heads District Hospital Tweed Shire Councillor 1990-2000 Married to Margaret 48 years
2 What has motivated you to stand?
Council must not allow the inevitable growth of the Tweed to erode our lifestyle. We should not be crowded out of our public areas – parks, sports fields, libraries, car parks etc. Council should ensure that developers provide the new facilities the newcomers require. My previous Council experience showed that rates only cover the maintenance and replacement of facilities once they have been built.
3 What is your vision for the shire/LGA?
My vision for the Tweed is to be welcoming, safe and fair to all.
4 In your opinion, how can council best balance the need for further residential development with the need to preserve the local environment?
If developers abide by rules that are already in place, the natural
areas, farmland and beaches will be protected. Council must not cave
in to developers who want to bend or break these rules. These rules
still allow for 30 years of residential growth.
5 What particular issues do you feel strongly about?
I feel strongly that the aged and disabled are embraced as valued
participants in our community. I am equally concerned that our youth
are not forgotten. Their recreational needs and job hopes should be
front and centre of Council consideration.