Joan to open her own office
TWEED Shire councillor and potential Liberal Party candidate for the federal seat of Richmond Joan van Lieshout plans to open her own office in the heart of Tweed Heads to be “more accessible to the people”.
Cr van Lieshout yesterday confirmed she and her husband Peter van Lieshout had bought an office in the Tweed Heads CBD which she plans to use as her “base” as a councillor and potentially as campaign headquarters in next year’s federal election.
She is hoping to get the okay from Liberal Party headquarters to run as a Liberal against sitting Labor MP for Richmond Justine Elliot and likely National Party candidate Tania Murdock.
Cr van Lieshout said the name on the door of the office which she plans to open within weeks would be marked “councillor”, but would not cost ratepayers anything.
She also would use the office for her vol- unteer business Eve International, offering support to women suffering domestic violence or abuse.
“I very much valued having the mayoral office in Murwillumbah. Now I’m no longer mayor I will still be able to have an office available to the public. In Queensland councillors all have an office,” she said