Former Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell returns to Facebook.
Former Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell returns to Facebook. Mia Armitage

She's back! Why former Lismore mayor is back on Facebook

THREE months after saying goodbye to Facebook, Lismore's former mayor is back online, much to the delight of her 5000 friends and 2800 followers.

Ahead of the council elections in September, Jenny Dowell announced she was quitting Facebook.

"I feel really free without Facebook and I think I'll enjoy this for a while," she said at the time.

"I de-activated it rather than closed it, because in the future, in six months or so, I may re-activate it and the refine my friend's list, and use it for a different purpose."

True to her word, Ms Dowell today returned to the social media platform this morning with this post: "Hi everyone (if you are still out there as a 'friend'), after three months off Facebook, I've returned.

"I'll be posting again but differently than before so if you don't want to be connected to me anymore, please feel free to unfriend or unfollow me."

Her first post was in support of Southern Cross LADS' young driver training facility.

Ms Dowell said it was a "wonderful project".

"They have $450,000 and need $350,000 more to build the track," she wrote.

"If you can make a donation or provide materials towards the project, please do so. Here's the link: http://southerncrosslads.org.au/ to make a donation and to find out more about LADS."

Ms Dowell's first post back on Facbeook has already got more than 330 likes and 100 comments.

She followed it up with a second post about an hour later: "People have been asking me what I'm doing these days and if I'm missing being Mayor.

"I am missing parts of my previous role including the wonderful people I worked with and met in the community and in other parts of my role.

"I also admit to reading the business papers for council meetings and following the vote on various issues.

"In the three months since I passed the car keys over to Mayor Isaac Smith, I've enjoyed doing quite a few new things including a three week road trip to Victoria (including high school and teachers college reunions), other short trips of 3-4 days, much more time in the garden, having time to have coffee or lunch with friends, going to see a few films and not wearing a watch!

"I've also embarked on an exercise regime ... I've even started running! I hadn't run since I was 11 years old would you believe! Anyway I'm now running every day for at least 2km in a daily 3-6km walk/run including 5km Parkrun every Saturday. And I feel terrific.

"As to the new year ... I'll leave that for another post."



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