There is a group of people in Lennox Head who are calling for volunteers. They want someone to put their hand up and stand for Council, purely and simply to represent Lennox Head.
They acknowledge that Lennox Head has its B Ward Councillors who they say ‘are doing what they think is best for Lennox Head’, but this group says it wants someone who will put themselves out there to stand for the interests of the Lennox Head community.
Pip Carter explains it this way. ‘We’ve had the closure of the Lake Road, the movement of the market away from the Lake, the decision on the ski jump, the installation of shark barriers, and redevelopment of the surf club precinct. But how much consultation has there been? Where’s our democracy? I believe that there are only a few people on Council that have Lennox Head’s interests at heart.’
‘I think I speak for a lot of Lennox Head people when I say that I felt that a lot of these decisions were made without the knowledge or agreement of the community that they will affect the most.’
‘Now I’m the first to put my hand up and say, Ok, maybe I haven’t read everything and kept up to date with every decision that affects me. But I think that the communication and representation of the bodies designed to represent us has let us down. We are not looking for someone to tow a party line but just someone who will listen, consult, communicate and consider all sides of each argument. Maybe we need to rethink the Ward system. Possibly the boundaries are not working the way they need to to represent the unique towns we have in the region.’
‘So we are hoping that there is someone out there who might be willing to take on this challenge. A Lennox Head Councillor would be a person who would manage the requirements of our unique town. When you live in a town, you have a very strong identification with that place. Now not everyone in Lennox Head is going to agree on every issue, but it’s a good place to start—with someone who’s main commitment is to find out what most of the Lennox population feels about each issue.’
If you are interested in standing for Council for Lennox Head or finding out more about Pip’s proposal, give him a call on 0405 141 537.