Port Stephens Mayor Ryan Palmer Seeks Second Term

Mayor Ryan Palmer says he is ready to hit the ground running in a second term if elected.

 

RYAN Palmer hardly needs an introduction to the residents of Port Stephens.

Mr Palmer has been serving as Mayor since 2017, which is the longest term any Mayor has served based on one election, after election postponements due to COVID-19.

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Now Mr Palmer is asking the people of Port Stephens to entrust him with a second term as their elected Mayor.

There is no doubt that we have seen change since the last elections under Mr Palmer’s leadership, and there are achievements that he and his team can be proud of.

Palmer’s team of Independents has a five point plan for the future.

The focuses of his campaign are ‘Connection’ – continuing to deliver unrivalled investment in our roads and pathways, creating safe and accessible places for all ages and abilities; ‘Active’ – investing in our sporting facilities, parks, playgrounds and town centres, where we prioritise people; ‘Community’ – delivering exciting new community events, a thriving night time economy and connecting our people; ‘Environment’ – unparalleled support for our vulnerable koalas, native species and beautiful waterways; and ‘Prosperity’ – delivering projects for future generations, partnering with business and delivering world class experiences.

Team Palmer includes some familiar faces as well as some new ones.

For East Ward there is Ryan Palmer, Glen Dunkley, Bruce Scott, Natalie Vogtmann, and Nicholas Diemar and for Central Ward his team comprises Chris Doohan and Steve Tucker.

Mayor Ryan Palmer told News Of The Area, “I am really proud of our independent team.

“We have a really positive approach to doing what is best for the Port Stephens community.

“Our campaign has focused on the issues not individuals and this will continue if re-elected for a second term.

“We are ready to deliver for the people of Port Stephens and work collaboratively with all councillors, council staff, government agencies and the private sector to get projects done.”

For Team Palmer, advocating for more funding from the state and federal government for major projects will again be on the agenda.

“Increased spending on infrastructure is a key part of government covid recovery response and we will focus on getting Port Stephens it’s fair share for major projects like dual carriageway for Nelson Bay Road from Fern Bay to Bobs Farm as well as local projects to rehabilitate and reseal roads across all three wards,” he said.

 

By Marian SAMPSON

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