Tweed Shire Councillor Joan Van Lieshout at her new office yesterday.
Tweed Shire Councillor Joan Van Lieshout at her new office yesterday. Felicia Kosegi

Joan opens council office

JOAN van Lieshout has opened a new office in Tweed Heads, but she says it is for her role as a Tweed Shire Councillor, not for a Federal election campaign.

Cr van Lieshout officially opened the new office yesterday with the help of Liberal Party Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, shadow minister for ageing.

Cr van Lieshout said as mayor she became aware of how important it was to be available to the public.

“While I am no longer mayor, I know how important it is to be accessible to people,” she said.

“I had a mayoral office and the door was open and people could come and see me any time.”

Her new office, while only officially open on Wednesdays and Thursdays, will have the same open-door principal.

With its location on the ground floor of Wharf Central in the Tweed Heads CBD, Cr van Lieshout said the new office would be handy for senior citizens and the business community.

Cr van Lieshout is the only Liberal Party nominee for Richmond. She said she was still working through the process of being endorsed by the party and was confident she would be accepted.

Her nomination must be formally endorsed by the local Liberal branch members and ratified by the Liberal Party State Executive. Dates for those meetings are still to be set.

While the new office is for “Joan van Lieshout the councillor”, it will also used for Cr van Lieshout’s own not-for-profit organisation Eve International and an election campaign should her nomination be successful. It won’t be a Liberal office, but it will be my office,” she said.

Through her position as councillor, Cr van Lieshout said she had a “fantastic” grounding with the grass-roots community of the Tweed that would stand her in good stead for a Federal election.

Senator Fierravanti-Wells said when she first met Cr van Lieshout she thought “wow, what a lady”.

She said the former Tweed mayor had amassed a wealth of personal experience and possessed “humanity”, understanding and empathy”.

“The person you see is the person you get,” Senator Fierravanti-Wells said.



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