Vanessa has been a Councillor since 2004 and was voted deputy Mayor in 2008. She is a delegate on Rous Water and Chair on Council’s Environment Committee. Vanessa is a qualified science teacher and land-carer and wants to see habitat corridors through-out rural and urban Lismore. Thanks to Vanessa, Council’s road focus has expanded to include funding for footpaths and cycle ways. Over the last 12 years Vanessa has been a strong voice in Council for sustainable development. Her long term engagement and extensive knowledge of Council’s procedures and projects will provide continuity and stability for our new Council. She is a sound leader, as demonstrated by her initiation of council’s successful Biodiversity Strategy and lobbying the state government for Lismore’s Pacific Highway signage. Vanessa is committed to leading a team of progressive Councillors to protect hard won gains in our community culture and environment.