Port Macquarie-Hastings mayor Peta Pinson to re-contest council leadership on a group ticket at September local government elections

Mayor Peta Pinson will re-contest the position at the September local government elections.
Mayor Peta Pinson will re-contest the position at the September local government elections.

MAYOR Peta Pinson will lead a group ticket at the September local government elections as she prepares for another tilt at the top job.

Port Macquarie-Hastings residents will go to the polls on September 4 to elect a council and mayor for the next four-year term.

The local government elections were due to be held in 2020 but were postponed due to the impacts of the COVID health pandemic.

Cr Pinson was popularly elected as mayor after a by-election in 2017 when she went up against Sharon Griffiths, Lisa Intemann, Lauren Edwards and Rob Turner.

The mayoral by-election was called after the resignation of Peter Besseling who left local government seven months after being appointed mayor to take up a general manager's role with Birdon Pty Ltd.

Cr Pinson later failed in an attempt to call an early election in June 2020 to end what she described as a "warring faction" within the elected body, rendering its decision-making capacity in the community ineffective.

She will run in 2021 for the top job, as well as on a group ticket for the role of councillor, with Cr Sharon Griffiths, president of Revive Lake Cathie Danielle Maltman and businessman Adam Roberts.

Cr Pinson has been at the helm while the region continues to rebuild from years of drought, a devastating bushfire season, a health pandemic and most recently, widespread record-breaking floods that have decimated already crippled communities.

"None of this has dissuaded me from representing the best interests of this community to the best of my ability. I've given 110 per cent and I thank the community for their support throughout many struggles," Cr Pinson said.

The group is the second to announce its intention to run at the local government elections with Lauren Edwards leading the charge for the Greens with Stuart Watson, Les Mitchell and Drusi Megget.

Cr Pinson said she will continue to provide "leadership, direction and positive results" for Port Macquarie-Hastings.

Cr Sharon Griffiths will contest her third successive election. She has been a councillor for nine years and has more than 30 years' experience as a small business owner.

Danielle Maltman has a background working with state and federal government agencies as a community and industry representative and more recently, has been at the helm of the volunteer community advocacy group Revive Lake Cathie as president.

Businessman Adam Roberts represented council between 2012 and 2016 and in that time held the position of deputy mayor.

"We share an ideal of providing genuine leadership on many critical issues that are facing our community now, while always keeping in mind issues we will likely face into the next generation," Mr Roberts said of the group.

The team said its agenda will focus on delivering council's core services as a priority and to embark on an infrastructure, traffic management and broad-based beautification initiative for the region.

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