Hornsby Council - Mayoral candidates

Mayoral candidates:

Name: Steve Russell

Ward running in: A Ward

Political party: Liberal

What qualifies you to represent the community?

I have been a councillor in the present council and also in the 1999-2004 council. I have a good understanding of what the residents of A ward want from council, they want less waste and more efficiency. Better and more sporting facilities, improved roads and services can’t happen unless we reduce council overheads. Hornsby Shire has great natural beauty and we all want to preserve this therefore I will continue to fight for better long term planning and against inappropriate development imposed by the land and environment court.

What do you hope to achieve on council?

I’d like to see a master plan for Hornsby west side to encourage jobs and business activity. Sewerage will be connected in Cowan, Galston and Glenorie so I would like a thorough community consultation process to ensure the rural ambience of these villages is not destroyed by stealth. I want to see a completed Hornsby pool that we all can be proud of without costing the earth.

What will be your priorities during your time on council?

My priorities in the next term will be reducing Council waste, improving Council efficiency and making it a more user friendly organisation.

Name: Nick Berman

Ward running in: B Ward

Political party: Independent

What qualifies you to represent the community?

I have lived and worked in the Hornsby Shire for more than 13 years and have lived in Northern Sydney for most of my life. In a private and official capacity I have been involved in and supported a number of different community organisations. Through out the 13 years on Council I have worked with my colleagues to achieve tangible outcomes for the community – Thornleigh Indoor Sports Centre, Hornsby Mall, widening of the Duffy Avenue Bridge, the Hornsby Shire Arts & Cultural Centre and currently the Hornsby Shire Aquatic Centre.

What do you hope to achieve on council?

I hope to continue the current program to improve and replace community infrastructure across the Hornsby Shire. I also plan to work with both sides of politics, at a state and federal level, to ensure the Hornsby Shire gets its fair share of funding for important infrastructure, particularly in relation to roads and public transport.

What will be your priorities during your time on council?

Continued sound financial management to sustain long-term improvements to infrastructure, facilities and services in the Hornsby Shire.

Name:Mick Gallagher

Ward running in:A Ward

Political party: Independent

What qualifies you to represent the community?

I am your 'True Fairdinkum Independent' with a grass roots campaign. I am an established community advocate and journalist, retired local teacher and Naval officer, former Hornsby Shire Councillor & Mayor (1991-95), and a candidate at State and Federal elections. I am aware of the big picture that affects us locally.

What do you hope to achieve on council?

I want to achieve a stop to over-development not compatible with the geography, infrastructure, environmental, residential, heritage and social / demographics of our Bushland Shire. Hornsby Shire is not a Municipality or City. It is a Shire and should be recognized as such. Development, with adequate supporting infrastructure, should be appropriate for a Bushland Shire with its bush fire prone areas, National Parks, rural areas, waterways and heritage.

What will be your priorities during your time on council?

My priorities are LEP/DCP provisions to address development issues; and others such as infrastucture, the proposed F3 extension and a second crossing of the Hawkesbury River. I shall work with my fellow councillors, council staff, local businesses, and most importantly the residents, for the benefit of our Bushland Shire.

Name:Peter Whelan

Ward running in:C Ward

Political party:Liberal Democrats

What qualifies you to represent the community?

The Liberal Democrats are anti-left, anti-right and pro-liberty. Their polices are based on classical liberal, or libertarian principles of small government and low taxes, with emphasis on personal freedom and individual responsibility.

What do you hope to achieve on council?

For these local government elections, the Liberal Democrats propose to reduce rates, levies and other taxes, and cut red and green tape.

Property rights are paramount. If it’s your property then it’s your tree to trim or remove. No more harassment of rate-payers, or harsh penalties for breaching stupid “nanny state” rules.

What will be your priorities during your time on council?

Liberal Democrats will encourage the expansion of business and employment in the region, to reduce wasteful commuting times. They will also respond to the views of residents and rate payers rather than the sometimes biased opinions of council staff with another agenda. Liberal polices. Democratic principles.

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