So, what do I stand for?
Here’s a rapid fire list of some principles that will help you understand my thought process when assessing matters as they come before council.
- I believe hinterland towns have different characters, aspirations and emphasis that may not be the same as for coastal communities.
- I believe local people should have a greater say in decisions that directly affect them.
- I believe council should engage in proactive consultation with the public, not only in the provision of information, but also in the explanation of the information and what it means to residents.
- I believe in the need for equity of council provided services and facilities. Our parks, libraries and community facilities should be as good, and look as good, as those on the coast.
- I believe in the preservation of greenspace, habitat and wildlife corridors. The need for a measured increase in infill development and to use already developed land more wisely.
- I believe in Climate Change. Human made climate change is real. I would vote YES in a declaration of a ‘Climate Emergency’, BUT I would not let the resolution of a consensus on a declaration its format, content, dates, targets etc, hold, divert or be a precursor for the need to do things NOW. “Doing is the new plan.”
- I believe council should not have to divert ratepayer funds to that which is the financial responsibility of the state or federal governments.
- I believe in supporting local and small business, promoting innovation and identifying the jobs of the future.
- I believe council should actively help hinterland businesses leverage coastal game changing projects such as the expanded airport and the undersea broadband cable.
- I am not, nor have I ever been, a member or donor, to a political party.
- I believe in the need for transparency. I support the live streaming of council meetings and other measures designed to give residents confidence in council’s decision making process.
- I do not have real estate, shares, investments, memberships, or other interests, pursuant to Section 175C of the Local Government Act 2009, which would necessitate the leaving of a meeting room or chamber while a matter is being discussed and voted on.
- I believe in many aspects of daily life Council should be seen more as a coach than as an enforcer.