Stephen Pearson - Group C The Greens
Running with: Robina Sinclair and Terry Jones
Q. What do you consider to be the most important issue facing the Ward you would be elected to represent?
A. There are many issues for this large ward. All the issues have importance but a topic continually being raised is the protection of our environment and overdevelopment.
Q. What do you consider to be the most important issue facing the Central Coast Local Government Area?
A. The most critical issue is governance.
There is deep cynicism about how this Council and previous Councils have operated.
Can we achieve a Council that works for the community in an accountable, transparent and truly consultative way?
Good governance will also lead to good outcomes and getting things done.
Q. How would you, if elected to Council, set about addressing that issue for (a) your Ward, (b) the region?
A. The Liberal's mega Council is a mega mess.
Part of the mess is the huge workload Councillors will face and the requirement to be across not just ward issues but more regional issues like the Warnervale airport debacle.
My qualifications as a Chartered Accountant and experience in senior roles in all sizes of enterprises will enable me to tackle that workload at a ward level and across the region.
We need to get Council back on track to address the critical infrastructure, planning, financial management and service underperformance issues.
The Council will demerge at some point in the future but, post September 9, we must have a Council that performs to the highest standards of ethical behaviour in all its dealings.
The Greens take a positive set of policies to the Council.
I believe that working with other Councillors of good will we can deliver so much more for the region.
We should be an innovation powerhouse with a great quality of life, local jobs, fantastic natural environment and sustainable development.
Statement, 25 Aug 2017
Stephen Pearson, The Greens