Fighters For Our Region

Updated: Sep 13, 2021

#TeamIntemann for #PMHC. It's #BrilliantPolitics

This group of political candidates for Port Macquarie-Hastings Council definitely understands how the Gen Z and millennials work with hashtags! I hope they will have a #BrilliantFollowing :) But nothing comes without a challenge.

The group of councillors and mayor elected to lead the Port Macquarie-Hastings local government area for the next three years will face significant challenges on a number of fronts.

Some of the major issues confronting the incoming council include, solving the current growth crisis, maintaining the integrity of our beautiful lifestyle and the natural beauty, meeting community expectations, better communication, transparency along with the delivery of real solutions. And this is just a short list!

One group of five long-term residents – Fighters for our Region #TeamIntemann – says it has the experience, proven track record, knowledge and passion to meet and exceed those challenges on behalf of the community.

The five are, current deputy mayor and long-term councillor Lisa Intemann – who is also standing for mayor; Kinsley Searle; Stewart Cooper; Narelle Milligan; and Paul Bradford.

They are proven local champions and leaders who are well-established in the community.

Cr Intemann is the leader of the group and brought together the four candidates who had the skillsets to provide effective leadership for Council.

The group understands the need for teamwork throughout council and within the community with working effectively and constructively with state and federal government representatives on common ground issues.

Fighters For Our Region is united in their desire to solve the current growth crisis that is threatening what every resident loves about our region – its delightful lifestyle and phenomenal natural environment.

While there is always the need for job creating opportunities, the balance is to ensure planning is undertaken and implemented that gives due consideration to community needs while ensuring that the necessary infrastructure is in place prior to development being undertaken.

Fighters For Our Region believes in the motto: Less talk, more action!

This is achieved through building trust with the community through transparent communication and driving the delivery of real solutions; joining forces with all key stakeholders to plan, manage growth and ensure key infrastructure is delivered ahead of developments; and, delivering core services (Roads, Sewerage, Water, Garbage, etc).

The members of Fighters For Our Region are as diverse as the Port Macquarie-Hastings LGA they represent.

All five understand there are differing needs and requirements across the local government area.

Port Macquarie has the dominant population with all the needs of a growing city but it is also important to understand that our smaller coastal towns, villages and rural areas have similar level priorities. Fighters For Our Region understands those very different requirements and will act with understanding and balance to meet expectations, no matter where you live.


For Mayor

Lisa began her career as a scientist in biochemistry then pollution control. With her husband she ran a tourist operation in Sydney, and later worked in regional community development. She is a director of Hastings Co-operative Ltd, and a long-standing Port Macquarie-Hastings councillor, also serving as Deputy Mayor from 2015 to the present, proving herself an honest broker and genuine leader.

​A lifelong learner, having gained two degrees and a doctorate, Lisa brings a comprehensive approach to council, applying herself across all aspects from strategic planning to individual resident concerns, and is well-respected for her balanced, factually informed, and ethical approach.

​No stranger to the controversial and often intractable challenges of council, Lisa’s foundation strategy is teamwork both within and outside council, believing the best solutions come from shared purpose, up-front stated values and considering all points of view, even the most unexpected.

​Cr Intemann has at various times chaired and led many of council’s committees, and public meetings as-needed, and is known for good communication and brevity.

​Life and nature are her delight, and she sees a great economic future in our area, especially building on our university presence and our small but strong local manufacturing sector.

​Recognising the burgeoning population growth as a mixed blessing that comes at high cost to council and the community, Lisa continues to be a strong advocate for preserving local places of character, and better planning and control in both urban and rural areas.

​Traffic congestion and infrastructure management, especially water and stormwater, are seen as key issues, as well as the essential task of building trust and stronger, more constructive relations with the community and all levels of government.

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For Councillor

Kingsley moved to Port Macquarie from Sydney in the 70s, met my wife Vivianne and married at Rollands Plains in 1982 now currently living on the North Shore of Port Macquarie. He is standing for council because he cares. Not a decision taken lightly, and he believes the time is right and a natural progression from many years of representing the community at the grass roots level to representing the community as their voice to achieve real change from inside the council.