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Gianpierro Battista, Christian Democrats candidate for Lismore

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Gianpierro Battista, Christian Democrats candidate for Lismore.
Gianpierro Battista, Christian Democrats candidate for Lismore.

I was born in Milan, Italy, and I have been the past owner of Café Giardino and The Left Bank cafe in Lismore, I have a Degree in Tourism, a Grad. Cert. in Marketing and have completed my Master of Business Administration in 2014. I have served as a Councillor in Lismore for the last 6 years and my best achievement has been the increase from 10% to 20 % of the local content percentage for every Council’s tender over $150,000 in value. This has given our small businesses a greater chance to win and keep the ratepayers’ money local.

  • I have run my last 2 Local Government campaigns as an independent because believe no politics and parties should be represented in Councils.
  • I left the Nationals 2 months ago because after the NSW Chief Scientist’s report the party continues to support CSG in our region.
  • I stand because I care for my community and always have and I want to give residents the option to vote for an honest, hardworking person with Christian values.

Top three issues

I believe our region needs to growth in terms of jobs and population numbers whilst maintaining its beautiful environmental and lifestyle choice outlook therefore I say NO to CSG in the region and YES to Tourism and more investments from Sydney including decentralisation of services and government departments.

This region has been neglected in comparative terms by the NSW government with every project funded only when its necessity becomes “long overdue”. Whilst billions of dollars are invested in Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong we seem to be getting the crumbs when it comes to funding in particular for economic development.

I am in favour of strong competition policies designed to protect small businesses in particular from unfair disadvantaging predatory pricing from overseas online businesses.

I am in favour of protecting our farmers from increasing green and red tape and reinvesting in farming practices to promote the use of local products in our local shops.

First local issue I will campaign on

CSG is not what this region wants and realistically it does not promote the strengths we have for example in farming, arts and culture and tourism. It does also compromise the lifestyle image of the region which is the reason why many people decide to move from the city and in my case form the other side of the world.

I also believe that it will not provide for good quality employment and no benefits will be created for our local businesses unless a extraction quota is set aside by the government for domestic use only.

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