The Northern Rivers Greens have announced their candidates for the Lismore City Council elections, which will be held on 10 September 2016.
The following Lismore City Council ticket was endorsed at the Greens’ branch meeting:
- Vanessa Ekins
- Adam Guise
- Desley Banks
- Heather Dunn
- Shae Salmon
- Trevor Acfield
Current councillor, Vanessa Ekins, heads the ticket and will run for Mayor.
‘Lismore needs a strong and progressive new council to continue the good work of the last few years,’ she said.
.’Importantly, Greens councillors will implement the Biodiversity Management Strategy which provides much needed funds and expertise to landholders and creates habitat corridors in urban and rural areas.
‘Another important project Greens Councillors will progress is groundwater studies of our region’s future water supply. Bringing small water sources on line when needed instead of constructing a $120 million dam at Dunoon is our community’s preferred option.
‘With 12 years’ experience as a councillor I have a thorough understanding of local issues and a passionate commitment to see these projects completed in order to help Lismore transition to sustainability,’ Cr Ekins said.
Adam Guise, who went close to un-seating National MP Thomas George in the state election, said he was proud to stand for Lismore City Council and to have the opportunity to represent Lismore’s diverse community.
‘My involvement in the Gasfield Free Northern Rivers campaign and my advocacy as a candidate at the 2015 State Election demonstrates my commitment to stand up for our community,’ Mr Guise said.
‘With the undemocratic forced amalgamations of councils elsewhere in the state, it’s important that Lismore City Council keeps its powerful voice as demonstrated throughout the Gasfield Free campaign.
‘With the retirement of Jenny Dowell and other councillors at this election, it’s essential that the council remains progressive and continues the good work currently underway,” Mr Guis saide.
Running third on the ticket is local school-teacher and former federal election candidate Desley Banks.
Fourth on the ticket is midwife, nurse, rural landholder, wildlife carer and mother of four, Heather Dunn.
Fifth on the ticket is university academic Shae Salmon.
Sixth on the ticket is small business operator Trevor Acfield.