Claire Braund – independent
The #nextgen4council group of Claire Braund, Dr Diane Bull and Danielle Habib are true independents and not members of any political party.
We are all professional women who have lived and worked from the Central Coast for many years and are putting ourselves forward for Council as we believe:
Independents, not parties, should be your representatives on local council.
Council needs strong corporate and community governance frameworks, financial accountability and processes for ethical and practical decision making.
The Central Coast is a region in its own right. It needs advocates to become a smart, vibrant, connected region with quality jobs, good services, a wonderful natural environment and thriving and caring communities.
*Claire has signed the Fitzgerald Principles.
Stephen Pearson – The Greens
The Greens will take a positive set of policies to the Council. I believe that working with other Councillors of goodwill we can deliver so much more for the region. We should be an innovation powerhouse with a great quality of life, local jobs, fantastic natural environment and sustainable development.
My qualifications as a Chartered Accountant and experience in senior roles in all sizes of enterprises will enable me to tackle the role of Councillor. We need to get Council back on track to address the critical infrastructure, planning, financial management and service underperformance issues. The Council will demerge at some point in the future but, post September 9, we must have a Council that performs to the highest standards of ethical behaviour in all its dealings.
The Fitzgerald principles are at the core of why I am standing.
Jane Smith – Central Coast New Independents.
I lead a truly Independent team. I have been involved with community organisations for 20 years including as CEO of the Community Environment Network. My vision is for a sustainable Central Coast where our Council is community driven and our decision makers truly represent the interests of residents, ratepayers and our communities. I want planning for the future that ensures delivery of infrastructure, protects our quality of life and the places we love.
I stand for:
Giving communities an effective voice
Accountability and transparency in Council’s actions and decision making
Better planning that retains the character of the Central Coast
Working with communities to identify priorities for improving roads, drainage and footpaths
Protecting open space and the places we love – urban reserves, the bushland, waterways and beaches.
Creating new local jobs and new sustainable industries
Protecting our drinking water catchments and agricultural lands
Rebecca Gale Collins – Liberal PartyIssues my team is passionate about tackling include the Terrigal traffic divert, redevelopment of Terrigal Haven, the Hardys Bay foreshore upgrade, Avoca foreshore redevelopment and dredging of Ettalong channel.The Central Coast Council is the third largest Council in NSW with a residential population of 334,000. We need to deliver for ratepayers with better roads, infrastructure and community engagement – and above all to ensure every dollar of the Council budget is spent to benefit Central Coast locals.With over 15 years of community engagement experience, I enjoy connecting with people of all ages and backgrounds. My work experience includes a small business events management company, Federal Government, education, employment and disability sector.
Carol Fortey – independent