Democracy in action: Voters will go to the polls on September 10 to elect a mayor and eight councillors.TWO councillors have confirmed they will notcontest the September 10 election.
Cr Adam Roberts will bow outafter serving one term.
“My desire in the short to medium term is to continue to push for local government reform and I feel I will be more effective doing so outside the council than within it,” he said.
Cr Roberts, on a personal note, said being a councillor was an incredible experience.
Cr Trevor Sargeant’s name won’t appear on the ballot paperafter one councillor termas he is moving to Young for family health reasons.
“It’s just a circumstance in my family and not due to any dissatisfaction whatsoever,” Cr Sargeant said.
“It has been a really good council and I have been privileged to be a part of it.”
Port Macquarie-Hastings mayor Peter Besseling confirmed he would re-contest the top job, as well as the councillor election, and lead an unchanged team ofcouncillorsRobTurner, Justin LevidoandGeoff Hawkins.
“There’sa range of skills and abilities within that team,” he said.
Cr Besseling said he didn’t want to see invaluableknowledge and experiencego to waste.
Cr Turner said heenjoyed working with the other councillors to lead and direct the organisation on behalf of the community.
He saidthere wasmore to be done and he was confident he could continue to make a valuable contribution to council operations.
Cr Hawkins said he had found the councillor term to be stimulating.
“I think we have made a very good start but we are a long way from finishing,” he said.
Cr Levido was unavailable for comment.
Cr Lisa Intemann will stand for re-election as an councillor.
“I really enjoy the role of a councillor being involved in important decisions for the community,” she said.
“It’s very demanding, ofcourse, but the challenges are important, and after 16 years on council, I very much enjoy being part of the process.”
Cr Mike Cusato said there was a strong chance he would stand for re-election.
“I believe we have made some good inroads into the direction of council,” he said.
Cr Sharon Griffiths is considering a re-election bid.
“It’s important to ensure youhave people on council who genuinely represent you and meet the expectations of the community,” she said.
Voters will elect a mayor and eight councillors.
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