Hastings businesswoman Peta Pinson has officially nominated with the NSW Electoral Commission for the upcoming mayoral by-election for Port Macquarie-Hastings.
Mrs Pinson said she is looking forward to meeting more members of the community to hear first-hand what residents believe is important.
“Ocean Drive is at the top of my list. This road has vital importance to the connection between the Camden Haven and Port Macquarie, yet it has been put in the too hard basket for years by council,” Mrs Pinson said.
“I know the delay has seen the budget for this project blow out by millions of dollars, but Port Macquarie-Hastings Council needs to stop the delays and start moving towards commencing the work necessary to expedite this vital link that will address traffic congestion.
“One of the other important issues I see as a priority is the investigation into the feasibility of a tidal pool for Port Macquarie. The project has so many benefits to the community in the social, health and economic arenas.
“I will also be investing parking solutions especially around the hospital precinct and I am committed towards more parking in the Port Macquarie area.
“I believe accountability and transparency of council to the community is especially required in order to build trust and create a partnership. Council has failed to respond to the real needs and priorities of the community and business across the LGA and it is time that stopped.
“I will have an ‘open door’ policy to the Mayor’s office so that anyone can make an appointment to discuss what is importance to them in order to stay connected and informed of the community’s requirements.
“The mayor needs to get out and talk to community and business groups to understand community priorities and if I am elected I will be doing exactly that.”
The mayoral by-election will be held in the Hastings on July 29.
To date, four people have indicated they will run as candidates – Peta Pinson, Cr Sharon Griffiths, Cr Lisa Intemann and Cr Robert Turner.
Candidate nominations officially close on Wednesday, June 28.