The Tweed Greens have announced that current mayor Katie Milne will be standing for re-election on September 10, bringing to an end speculation over whether she would run again after serious illness forced her to take time out of the top job at Easter.
But the seasoned campaigner has returned to form, with what she describes as a professional six-person team to back her up.
They are: Angela Gittus (Bogangar), Joanna Gardner (Byrrill Creek), koala campaigner Dave Norris (Pottsville), Michael Hidden (Bogangar) and Ian Willis (Eungella).
Cr Milne said it was her ‘greatest honour’ to have been the first Green’s mayor for Tweed this year and a councillor for eight years.
‘Over that time I have dedicated myself wholeheartedly to the job, and proposed over 400 initiatives to support this community, the environment, and our economy,’ she said in a media release.
‘I have striven for a council that invests ethically and sustainably, for a council that does not waste money, and a council that protects all its inhabitants and helps them flourish.
‘I have fought for sensible economic development, supported small business and ecotourism, renewable energy and all the great opportunities for green jobs, a healthier river, affordable housing, outdoor entertainment, koala friendly developments, innovative sustainability measures in new developments, and a scientific peer review of our water supply options rather jumping into an expensive dam.
‘I have fought for rights for neighbours to not be boxed in, overshadowed, or lose their views from over-development, the right to protect our nationally significant scenic landscapes and environment, the right for the community to be heard and respected, the right for green space and to be shaded by trees, and cultural rights for the Aboriginal community,’ mayor Milne said.
She listed her achievements on council as:
- Prioritising environmental sustainability projects,
- Developing the Tweed Shire Economic Development Strategy, and
- Creating a Scenic Landscape Protection Strategy.
‘I am very worried about climate change and our utterly hopeless environmental laws. It’s not right to leave the planet irreversibly damaged. All levels of government are dragging their heels on climate change solutions and putting us all literally in danger.
‘It doesn’t have to be like that. There are positive solutions, jobs and hope, but we must act swiftly, decisively and creatively,’ Cr Milne said.