FOUR hopefuls are in the race for mayor – so far.
They are Peter Alley, Lisa Intemann, Reg Pierce and Adam Roberts.
The field widens when it comes to councillor contenders, while more hopefuls are expected to go public in coming weeks. Nominations close on August 8.
Voters go to the polls on September 8 to decide a popularly elected mayor and eight councillors.
Lisa Intemann: Lisa Intemann served on the council from 1995 to 2008. She is running as a mayoral and councillor candidate. Ms Intemann said she had a proven record of fiscal responsibility and genuine community consultation, and occupied significant leadership positions in council throughout her three terms. From June 2005, she spoke consistently against the council’s direction on what was then known as the performing arts centre, now the Glasshouse.
Reg Pierce: Wauchope’s Reg Pierce is contesting the mayoral election and will also contest a councillor position. The Rotarian and business owner promises an upfront approach if he wins a spot on the council.
He has decades of experience in business including management roles, as well as a track record of community involvement. The panel beater of 55 years believes he has the management and leadership skills to do the job.
Leigh Fitz-Alan: The Port Macquarie builder for 42 years believes the council needs more direction and he stresses the importance of teamwork. Mr Fitz-Alan lives on Port Macquarie’s North Shore.
Adam Roberts: Mr Roberts declared his councillor candidacy in August 2010 and his mayoral bid six months out from the election. His plans include a focus on “future-proof” jobs, attracting and retaining the 18-to-35 demographic, and restoring credibility, accountability and transparency to the council.
Jeff Styles: Jeff Styles is the MacKillop Senior Campus study centre tutor and is studying to be a teacher through the University of New England. Mr Styles was driven to stand for council by his desire to improve youth facilities in the region. He also wants council to be part of a “more united and cooperative” community.
Luke Hadfield: Luke Hadfield is in touch with youth issues and is keen to work with a team on all issues. He wants to promote Port Macquarie to a wider audience and build on the area’s assets. Luke recently returned from a week-long residential camp for the NSW Youth Parliament program.
Darren Walsh: The businessman and father-of-four wants to see council’s funding and resources directed more efficiently and effectively to ensure outcomes are in the interest of the community. He said we needed to turn our focus back to core local interests – roads, rates, rubbish, water, parks and development. Mr Walsh is free from party motivation but all for community consultation.
Peter Alley (Country Labor team): Mayoral hopeful and councillor candidate Peter Alley heads the Country Labor team. His background is in information technology, finance and banking. The Camden Haven resident is a member of the State Emergency Service, Camden Haven Anglican Church Parish Council and Toastmasters. Mr Alley believes he has the skill set from his professional life needed for the top job.
Colleen Carmody (Country Labor team): Colleen Carmody has decades of experience in the education field at TAFE including high-level decision making, while she has also been a Little Athletics committee member and worked in a school canteen and in the P & C. She is interested in working with our area’s most disadvantaged.
Dr Fred Lips (Country Labor team): The Camden Haven Branch of Country Labor president said he would work for all residents but particularly for the Camden Haven. If elected, he will work with the Camden Haven Chamber of Commerce and any other interested parties to develop the Kew visitor information centre. Dr Lips is also interested in the Kew beautification work, business and access to sporting facilities.
Jim Hutcheon (Country Labor team): Mr Hutcheon has a long history in construction with a hiatus in the tourism industry. He is a Regional Development Australia Mid North Coast board member and northern NSW organiser for the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) construction and general division. The Beechwood resident said the area needed input from west of the highway.
Ian Oxenford (The Greens): Ian Oxenford heads The Greens’ ticket as a mayoral and councillor candidate. The agricultural scientist and economist by profession has worked in rural development in the Asia Pacific for more than 30 years. He runs an organic farm at Kendall.
Tom Ferrier (The Greens): Tom Ferrier is a veterinarian, who later became a teacher in science, agriculture and environmental studies. More recently, he has been active in the environmental field, including native bush regeneration. He believes coal seam gas needs to be stopped to protect our agricultural land.
Tin Hta Nu The Greens): The former university lecturer in agricultural economics in Burma, Thailand and Australia has called Kendall home for 12 years, where she has devoted time to a range of community activities. Ms Nu is interested in promoting social projects, along with more council emphasis on rural and outlying communities.
Drusi Megget (The Greens): Drusi Megget has lived in Port Macquarie since 1994 and works as a part-time TAFE teacher. She is interested in planning for the future, being sustainable and being accountable.