Creating teamwork across the community is firmly on the agenda of a group of five independents led by deputy mayor Lisa Intemann.
Cr Intemann, who will also vie for the mayoral position, is heading up the group ticket called Fighters for our Region. She has 21 years' experience as a councillor including six years as deputy mayor.
The five-strong team to contest the September 4 council election also consists of Kingsley Searle, Stewart Cooper, Narelle Milligan and Paul Bradford.
Cr Intemann said they were fighters in the best sense.
The group's approach to working together and with other people is about building trust, joining forces across the community and finding real solutions.
"We are all independents, however we are like-minded, and we will address each issue on its merits and in-depth," Cr Intemann said.
"We want to be very well informed and create teamwork across the community."
Kingsley Searle narrowly missed out being elected in the 2016 poll when he stood as an ungrouped councillor candidate and this time around has joined Fighters for our Region.
Mr Searle is proud of his involvement with the North Shore Rural Fire Brigade.
He has been a volunteer for 25 years and is a life member of the brigade. He recently became a life member of the Northside Progress Association and he has been a member of Port Macquarie-Hastings Council's Coast, Estuary and Floodplain Advisory Sub-Committee for 13 years.
Stewart Cooper, now semi-retired, has a business background in accounting and IT project management.
He is a member of the Community-Council Action Team for Lake Cathie and is one of the founding members of Saving Lake Cathie.
Mr Cooper stresses the importance of council engaging with communities and community leaders.
He is in favour of managing development in a way to ensure infrastructure is provided ahead of time and in consultation with the community.
Who else is in the running so far?
- Group ticket: Peta Pinson, Sharon Griffiths, Danielle Maltman and Adam Roberts
- Group ticket (The Greens): Lauren Edwards, Stuart Watson, Les Mitchell and Drusi Megget
- Group ticket (Hastings First): Nik James Lipovac, Kerry Fox, Linda Lenord, Michael Clarke and Justin Hardie
Narelle Milligan started her teaching career while living in Wauchope and teaching in Beechwood, becoming involved in the community when she moved to Port Macquarie and calls the North Shore home.
Ms Milligan is a member of the North Shore Rural Fire Brigade and the SES Community Action Team, a life member of the Northside Progress Association and she has been on the community college board.
Running for council was a natural step given Ms Milligan's commitment to lobbying and advocacy, working closely to council for almost 20 years.
Paul Bradford, who has been self-employed for most of his life, moved to Port Macquarie just over six years ago. He spent about 35 years in various roles with Scouts.
The Hastings Shuttle Service owner is keen to be a conduit between the grassroots community level and the council.
"I want to be able to talk one on one to people about what their goals, aspirations and needs are and take that to the top end of council," Mr Bradford said.
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