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Lismore’s new Mayor is restaurateur Steve Krieg

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Cr Darlene Cook, returning officer John Arthur and Echo journalist David Lowe were the only ones who got the memo about turning up in Lismore for the announcement of the new mayor. Photo David Lowe

It came as no surprise this afternoon that Independent mayoral candidate Steve Krieg has been elected Mayor of Lismore.

From the moment the polling booths closed on December 4, Krieg was the frontrunner for the top spot in Lismore City Council and that position was solidified at the Lismore Regional Returning office today.

What did come as a surprise was that only one candidate and one journalist showed up for the announcement – Mayor Krieg and the four other candidates were nowhere to be seen.

It appears the only Lismore Councillor or candidate who got the memo was Cr Darlene Cook who stood witness to the proceedings. Cr Cook expressed congratulatory wishes to Mr Krieg on a campaign well run.

Mr Kreig attracted 15,947 or 69.82 per cent of the total 27,044 votes. Cr Vanessa Ekins with the next highest vote attracted 30.18 per cent – 6,894 votes. Cr Elly Bird 3,952 votes after preferences and Cr Darlene Cook 2,576 votes after preferences.

There were 570 informal votes for mayor.

Mr Krieg has a tough job ahead of him – having never been on Council before he will have a lot to take in before the next meeting on Tuesday January 11.

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  1. A major issue coming up for the Federal election is the rising cost of living.
    When the cost of living rises people stop going to restaurants so the reasons that Steve Krieg was elected is not a local issue.
    It is a national issue. Lismore is being depleted in population. People are moving away and there are so are many inland country towns. It is not just Lismore.
    Country towns needs a larger slice of the Australian GDP because of Climate Change. Floods, bushfires and increased temperatures put greater pressure on the budget of local rural towns. Money does not stretch like it used to, and so there was a shift in voting in the Lismore Council election and Steve Kreig and his team were moving into office. We wish you well Steve.

    • I think many voters were simply tired of the crazy spend-thrift schemes of the old council.
      They want a new local team to get back to basics and solvency, rather than grandiose enviro-projects, victimhood and doom !
      The use by candidates stating they are “independent” is getting out of hand.
      It is used as a stalking-horse to conceal their true motives.
      In this I include all real estate, greens and other single issue subservancies.
      Perhaps at long last Lismore voters realised a cafe owner might have a bit more common sense than all those self-serving puppets ?

  2. I disagree with your statement that Lismore’s population is depleting, Emily. I’m afraid that is old news, definitely not current as we can see by the current real estate boom/housing crisis. Lismore barely qualifies as an ‘inland’ country town, being less than an hour’s drive from the coast.
    How Steve is going to address financial issues related to climate change is not something I saw addressed in any of his campaign. I’m not sure he addressed climate change at all? His attitude towards the dam shows very little understanding of the science of climate change and the expected effects on water security.

  3. I’m not sure where your data is from Emily, but the influx of property buyers into Lismore does not reflect a dying “inland country town”. The streets are full,the shops are booming and there have been 3 visitors to every 1 local shopping in our town for the last month. It’s easy to trot out unfounded comments and throw away lines, but the evidence doesn’t support your comments. Mayor Kreig will probably tell you that he and his team
    were just too busy in their businesses to attend the announcement today. Business in Lismore is good.

    • Agree; we have three new Metros in our 1930s street already this year. They are currently spending squillions with local businesses on gardens and home improvements and much more is planned.
      It pays to remember that population increases do not show the whole picture here as Lismore has a half million population ‘Hinterland’ and is definitely staying competitive.

  4. As a visitor, could Mayor Krieg prioritise the Lismore road repairs in a high position?

    Have a hot mix truck follow the garbage truck and fill the potholes?

    • Oh! Yes where has common sense gone?🤔 I feel like getting a few bags of ready mix cement! & Filling the Pot Holes up Myself! Surely a council person! Is fronted with them everyday! A danger! As well. As wheel damage 2 vehicles!

  5. I just want Steve to look after the three R’s, (roads, rates and rubbish) nothing more nothing less so my rates don’t go UP. I also find it very offensive that the GM is paid so much. Rate payers in Lismore earn way below the national average and how many people in the council get paid an excessive amount? As small business owner effected by Covid it has been a tough couple of years, we need to have certainty.

  6. Krieg has some very smart and highly credentialed people on his team expect the decisions they make to be well thought out and not based on ignorance and ideology as we’ve come to expect from the outgoing council .


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