Cr (Dr) Nola Firth was elected to Council in December 2021.
Cr Firth is Council’s delegate on the Aboriginal Advisory Committee and the Tweed Coast and Waterways Committee. She is Council’s alternate representative on the Tweed Coast Koala Management Committee, the Tweed Regional Gallery Advisory Committee and the Richmond-Tweed Regional Library Committee.
Her qualifications include: a Bachelor of Arts, Diploma of Education, and Graduate Diploma of Special Education, Masters of Education and a Doctor of Philosophy (PHD).
Here is Cr Firth’s vision for this term as a Councillor:
'The needs of the Shire are rich and diverse and I will be working to address them all. However in particular I want to build on the exciting base already established to make our Shire a leader in transforming the challenges of climate change into economic and social benefit to all. I want to ensure that development and economic growth focus on enhancing the beauty and biodiversity of our unique environment. I will work for preservation of threatened species’ habitat and corridors, for greening of our urban areas, emission reduction and regenerative agriculture, a connected network of foot and bicycle paths, and affordable housing initiatives.'
Dr Firth is a retired academic and an Honorary Research Fellow at The University of Melbourne. She has a national dyslexia award in her name, is a past president of Learning Difficulties Australia and is a Churchill Fellow.
Cr Firth’s interests include bushwalking and writing. She is passionate about looking after the Tweed’s internationally significant environment in the face of climate change and mass extinction. Her latest poetry book is called Counting on Murwillumbah.
Community groups she has been involved with include Chillingham Voices, Poets out Loud and the Caldera Environment Centre. Cr Firth is the founder and member of Hospital Hill Landcare in Murwillumbah.
She is a member of The Greens party, a long-term member of Australian Natives for Treaty and Aboriginal Reconciliation and she is one of the early and continuing members of The Australian Conservation Foundation.