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The lead candidate is Elly Bird, regional coordinator with Gasfield Free Northern Rivers.

Second on the ticket is Guy Stewart, chair of the Rainbow power company, active at the Nimbin Neighbourhood Centre and in many of Nimbin’s community sustainability projects.

Joining them are Simon Clough, current councillor; Louise Somerville, with 28 years experience working for local government; Annie Kia, architect of the successful gasfield free communities strategy and Robyn Kelly, coordinator of the The Channon Markets.

‘I’m proud to be leading such a strong ticket, each and every person on our ticket has shown beyond doubt how committed we are to protecting our community and improving the quality of life for the people who live here Ms Elly Bird said.

‘Our Sustainable Future is a small, local government only party, we are not aligned to any other party. If elected to council we will work hard to ensure our economy, our environment and our community are equally protected and provided for.’

‘Lismore is an extraordinary community. We have an opportunity to channel the community power we have built fighting CSG into a sustainable future we can be proud of. Water security, extreme weather events and the impacts of climate change are pressing issues, and we need legislative protection of our region from gasfields. I believe Council should exercise strong leadership to help our community face these challenges.’

‘I’m hearing very clearly from the community that the affordable housing is one of the most pressing concerns for people in our region. I am determined to see the new council do what we can to ease the pressure being felt by so many.’ she said.

‘I’m excited about advancing Lismore as an arts and cultural centre, the cultural precinct will be a great asset for our community. I also want to progress the Lismore Park development near Lismore square, providing a much needed community recreational space with a water park, close to public transport and to the CBD.’

‘With so many councillors leaving or retiring this year it is critical that Lismore retain a progressive council to keep the momentum that the current council has built. There is an impressive amount of development happening and innovative, exciting work being done with renewable energy projects like farming the sun.’

‘If we lose our progressive council, these projects will be at risk. Some current councillors have made it crystal clear they are not supportive of the solar projects or the art gallery. It is critical that Lismore City council continues to consult with and work alongside our community so that Lismore can become an even better place to live in the coming years.’

 


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2 COMMENTS

  1. Sadly, OSF Party seems to fully support the the North Lismore Plateau development against the wishes of Traditional Owners, the Bundjalung Elders Council and the Native Title claim group,

    The development is unsustainable and the Council is forking out millions of dollars subsidising the infrastructure.

    No other development on the North Coast has their infrastructure underwritten and paid for by Council with the hope that they will get their money back in the future,

    Council is not a bank it is the local government authority,

    This concocted housing shortage whether it has any truth will not be assisted by the NLP Development which at the end of the day will have land and housing no more affordable than is now,

    Some of the blocks for sale are less than 350 square metres,

    I have been through the documentation and the development at the end of the day it is said will provide 29 jobs,

    It is all nice for us have sustainable futures but at the expense of destroying some of the significant environmental and heritage values in the Lismore area smells like hypocrisy

  2. Morally apprehensible.
    Littered through the article is the words “Gasfield free”. No mention of banning Natural Gas or its derived products from the Northern Rivers! Happy to import natural gas, plastics, fertiliser etc. Is this a case of NIMBY sustainability?

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