Land champion to run for council

Uki resident and environmental campaigner Eddie Roberts will contest the next Tweed Shire Council elections in September.
Uki resident and environmental campaigner Eddie Roberts will contest the next Tweed Shire Council elections in September. Ron Goodman

A CHAMPION of environmental issues has put up his hand as a candidate for September's council elections.

Eddie Roberts was in Canberra lobbying politicians as a representative of Tweed Climate Action Now (TweedCAN) for the 100% Renewable campaign, but when he returns he will begin his campaign to become a Tweed councillor.

Second on Mr Roberts' ticket is veteran campaigner and Northern Rivers Guardian president Scott Sledge who was helping Mr Roberts in his campaign.

Mr Sledge was The Democrats candidate for the seat of Richmond in the 2007 federal election.

"He (Mr Roberts) is younger than me and has more energy," Mr Sledge said.

Tim O'Hara and Tracy Stride were also on the ticket of Tweed Respect.

"We are basically about small business with a green tinge," Mr Sledge said.

Both Mr Roberts and Tweed mayor Barry Longland live in Uki.

"I know Eddie and I admire the work that he has done," Cr Longland said.

"I'm one to encourage candidates to join the race."

Cr Longland said having another candidate from the Uki community wouldn't threaten his chances if he decided to run.

"To get elected as a councillor you have to have broad-based support," Cr Longland said.

Cr Longland has not committed to contest the elections in September.

Mr Roberts did not want to comment on his candidacy, but said an announcement would be made in the next few weeks.

Mr Sledge said Tweed Respect was preparing a policy document.

Topics:  eddie roberts

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