Lismore Mayor Jenny Dowell reflects on her first year in office.
Lismore Mayor Jenny Dowell reflects on her first year in office. Jacklyn Wagner

Mayor celebrates year in office

IT'S been a memorable year for Lismore's first popularly elected female mayor.

On her first anniversary, Jenny Dowell can't believe how quickly the time has gone.

“It's been fantastic,” she said. “When I look back a lot has happened.”

One of the greatest achievements Cr Dowell has seen is having a council that works well together.

“We don't always agree but we listen respectfully to each other,” she said. “In these economic times we have been doing it tough but there's an optimism and hope within the council.

“We are working cohesively and very hard.”

Cr Dowell admits when she first undertook the position as mayor she didn't fully understand what the job involved.

“I think I am doing it differently to Merv (the previous Lismore Mayor),” she said. “I feel like I'm writing my own rules.”

At the beginning of her term Cr Dowell said she had no desire to build 'big stuff'.

“However, in the next three years I want to deliver on a new art gallery,” she said. “With a new federal stimulus package to be offered at the end of the year, if we let this opportunity slip it will be difficult to build.”

Cr Dowell is also excited about the youth plaza for young people being built as part of the Goonellabah Sports and Aquatic Centre.

“I hope to do the same for Nimbin and am making a skate park there a priority,” she said.

An avid Geelong supporter, book reader and gardener, as well as a cancer survivor, Cr Dowell is excited about her next year in office and feels her energy levels have never been higher.

“It's easy when you're doing something you love,” she said.



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