Statement by Cr Joan van Lieshout
COUNCILLOR Joan van Lieshout released this statement announcing she will not contest the September 8 Tweed Shire Council election.
I will not contest the September Tweed Shire elections.
The first Liberal Mayor of the Tweed Shire has thanked the public community for the privilege of representing the community on Council.
Announcing her decision not to contest the September Local Government elections, Cr Van Lieshout said she had loved and enjoyed the experience and opportunity of working with and meeting so many people.
"Working at the grass roots in the community is what local government has always been about.
"I've learned so much over my four-year Council apprenticeship and have valued the support I've been given in the role.
"Of course I still want to work for the community in some capacity and I would consider politics once again.
"I'd love the opportunity to lead once more and to implement the valuable skills and knowledge I've learned.
"I don't want to waste what I have gained.
Cr Van Lieshout said that she intended to leave her door open to a wide horizon of opportunities.
"I will have more time to reconnect with the work of my "eve International" business, which seeks to assist disadvantaged and abused women rebuild their sense of self-worth.
"I also intend to become more involved in my family's ground-breaking sustainable food village Nightcap Village, she said.
Cr Van Lieshout said she would also closely monitor the election campaign and speak out when she saw fit.
"This is a magnificent region with a lot to offer and the need to secure a balanced sustainable social, economic and environmentally sound future is a priority.
The Current Council has delivered a talented well prepared new General Manager whom I am confident is well able to secure this future."
I thank my Council colleagues and the wonderful staff of the Tweed and wish the new candidates every success in their campaign."