candidate for Lismore Council
Since becoming a Lismore City Councillor in 2016, I have been a consistent voice for ethical governance and community led decision making.
Prior to council I campaigned against coal seam gas mining which saw our community protected against this invasive and toxic industry.
My qualifications include a law degree, an arts degree and a diploma in secondary education. Currently I work for NSW Health.
On council I’ve led reforms for conflict disclosures, increased oversight of planning decisions and have opposed budget cuts which closed facilities like the Nimbin and Lismore tourism centres and Lismore’s drop-off recycling centre.
To save ratepayers money, I’ve called for proper financial accountability and reform to under-performing assets like our quarry, airport and waste operations which have seen massive budget blow-outs and waste trucked to Queensland.
As a voice for urban renewal, I see issues such as the Bridge to Bridge Masterplan to revitalise Lismore’s CBD and re-orient our focus back to the river as important to our future.
The Rural Landholders Initiative and biodiversity strategy to regenerate our landscape and places we love is a priority.
Protecting public places like our libraries and Lismore Park and calling for the naturalisation of Brown’s Creek for passive and active recreation are some of the community goals I’ve worked towards.
I stood strongly against a massive rate rise (SRV) which would see millions taken from struggling ratepayers and businesses in order to plug council’s financial black holes.
Importantly, I’ve advocated for footpaths and street trees in order to make our neighbourhoods safer and more liveable.
As a Lismore resident for more than 20 years I will continue to stand up for our community and be a voice for a safe, healthy and ecologically sustainable future.