Our readers give ideas on what they would do as mayor
WE POSTED a simple statement for readers to finish: 'If I was the mayor of the Northern Rivers for a day, I would __________.'
The answers were varied, funny, thought-provoking and even at times downright practical, so we thought we would share them with you.
Promote the idea of an aged care facility at a farm with animals (and a market place style village). Also include a palliative care wing that has serene rural views and beds in the rooms so partners and close family can stay with their loved one. There would also be a bereavement centre on the property with motel units and a communal area where people who have lost loved ones can stay for holidays and talk openly about their losses under the guidance of a caring grief support team.
Rock n Rod
Get rid of the art gallery that is being built. Money could go into better projects. We have the stupid boat skeleton to put Lismore to shame.
Indoor stadium with four courts and appropriate seating (netball, basketball, soccer, futsal etc). Imagine the strong sport competitions the town can hold. Help promote sport for young children and teenagers. Facilities for representative teams to train without weather being an issue.
Get rid of that Greyhound racing facility altogether or move it to a more appropriate industrial area on the Casino road. That land bounded by the river would make a great botanical gardens and bookend the CBD with Heritage Park at the other end.
Dredge the bar and set up public pontoons and courtesy moorings as other major river towns have done! Build an overdue sports complex. Basically listen to the recident's petitions!
Approve the development proposal for the land in Ballina between the skate park and the slide to help build tourism ( and throw in a wavepool for good measure.)
Stop all potential CSG mining, create a protection zone for the koalas from the highway, ban shark nets.
Make people on Centerlink clean the towns.
Open the Lake Swimming Pool over South.
Get rid of the bats in Casino.
Know that I can not please all of the people all of the time!!
Tanya Delys Mandorla
Not have been the deciding vote on putting fluoride in our water.
Leanne Loz Albert
Give everyone a free dump day. And put shade sails up in all the council car parks.
Build some animals to go with the ark.
Make a giant easter bunny out of old scooters
Fix roads. Put on more family events.