Isaac Smith kicks off mayoral campaign
ISAAC Smith has announced his Country Labor team for the upcoming local government elections on September 10.
With 8 years of experience as a Councillor, almost half of which was as Deputy Mayor, he is ready for the role. As the new Mayor, Isaac is looking to keep Lismore moving in the positive direction started under outgoing Mayor Jenny Dowell.
"Lismore residents have been telling me they are pleased with the positive changes over the past 8 years." Isaac said, "People can see that they finally have a council that understands its assets and is fixing the roads with a plan to finish the job. All this has been done in balance with our communities desire to become more economically and environmentally sustainable."
Joining Isaac on the ticket are Darlene Cook, Eddie Lloyd, Maura Chambers, Kevin Bell and Mardi Ramsey. The team brings a good mix of skills from farming and finance through to community services, education and most importantly governance.
"I am really excited by the mix of skills our ticket can bring to council." Isaac stated, "We are looking to maintain our strong representation on the new council by providing quality candidates who can think for themselves and deliver on the needs of a diverse community."
Isaac is committed to delivering on the community priorities identified by local residents. Both those implemented under the existing Imagine Lismore plan and the upcoming community consultation after the election.
"We don't need to reinvent the wheel here." Isaac said, "We are 3 years into a plan to fix our roads and it is working. Our assets are now ready to take on the development boom that is happening and the redevelopment of our urban core around the CBD, New Art Gallery, Oakes Oval and Lismore Regional Park is ready to go. Even our innovative projects around our solar farms and the rural farmer initiative are fully booked out, so we need to finish these jobs properly before we start something new."
"Being mayor is a challenge I am ready for and I can't wait to introduce my team to the community over the next 6 weeks.
"There is a lot to like about where Lismore is positioned at the moment. We have seen a lot of progress under the current council and we need to maintain that balance. The momentum is there and I am seeking our community's support to keep Lismore moving."