Good for Manly has announced that it will contest the Northern Beaches Council election on 9th September, running three independent candidates headed by former Manly Councillor, Candy Bingham, in the newly formed Manly Ward.
Joining Candy will be Craig Smith, former CEO of Wilson Parking, and Kyeema Doyle, a Town Planner who operates her own business in Manly.
Candy successfully led the campaign to stop the financially irresponsible and deeply flawed Manly Oval car park project that was being pushed by the majority Liberal Party Councillors on Manly Council.
“It is critical that we keep party politicians off Council. The shocking behaviour of the majority Liberal councillors riding roughshod over due process has left the new Northern Beaches Council with a major financial and legal mess”, she stated.
“We need to reconnect with the community to find out people’s views on what they expect of their new Council. Good for Manly has carried out an extensive survey to ascertain this and I will be using the findings to guide us in our decision making”, Mrs Bingham said.
“The heritage Manly Council chambers, which are now surplus to requirements, should remain as a service centre for local residents. There is also great potential to create a performing arts space. On no account should the building be sold off, or leased for private use”, Mrs Bingham added.
With more than 30 years experience running major carparks nationally, Craig Smith, former CEO of Wilson Parking, believes he has the solutions to making parking in Manly more assessable for locals.
“Parking is a major issue in Manly. We will push for a full audit of all public parking in Manly including the oceanfront, council car parks and resident parking schemes to ensure that the needs of special local areas are not overlooked by the new big Council.” Mr Smith stated.
Kyeema Doyle is a former Olympic Rower and keen sportswoman. In addition to good planning principles, she will be focusing on the needs of sporting groups in the area,
Candy describes the Good For Manly team as ‘conservative environmentalists’.
“We are a water-based region and we have to ensure that we protect our fragile aquatic environment. Millions of visitors place a lot of pressure on our infrastructure and our environment. It is a no-brainer to ban single use plastic bags, followed by plastic straws, bottles and coffee cups. We must do more to reduce waste and encourage recycling”.
They are also concerned about the loss of bushland stating that better planning solutions that protect our bushland need to be a priority.
As the election draws closer a full list of policies will be announced by the Good For Manly Team.
Find out more about the Candidates here:
Candy Bingham Craig Smith Kyeema Doyle
Candy Bingham, Deputy Mayor, Northern Beaches Council. Background in marketing, public relations & community engagement. Author of five business books. Former Lady Mayoress of Sydney. Aka Candy Tymson.