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Leanne Farmer, founder of the community Facebook page Save Monro Park, leads a team of independents in A Ward. The team, Genuine Community Independents, includes Gavin Kable, the owner of the small Cronulla company and long-term president of the North Cronulla Precinct Committee, Kerry Coomes, who resigned during the election. Ms Farmer said she has lived in A Ward all her life and for the past 32 years has run a small business, providing government accredited in-home childcare, NDIS support and other family support services in Sutherland Shire and St George. “Many families are disappointed and disillusioned with the current council,” said Ms Farmer. “Major party decisions have resulted in overdevelopment and traffic and parking problems across the county, with major consequences for Cronulla, Bundeena and Kurnell.” “I don’t think party politics belongs in city councils.” Ms Farmer said that if elected, she would continue to fight against the development of Monro Park. A development application has been submitted for a new café and commercial offices on the northern edge of the park. “This heritage park is loved by our community and the proposal will have a negative impact on the park,” she said. Her other priorities are to support “sustainable development, not overdevelopment” and to fight for a similar facility to replace the women’s rest center.

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Leanne Farmer, founder of the community Facebook page Save Monro Park, leads a team of independents in A Ward.

The team, Genuine Community Independents, includes Gavin Kable, the owner of the small Cronulla company and long-term president of the North Cronulla Precinct Committee, Kerry Coomes, who resigned during the election.

Ms Farmer said she has lived in A Ward all her life and for the past 32 years has run a small business, providing government accredited in-home childcare, NDIS support and other family support services in Sutherland Shire and St George.

“Many families are disappointed and disillusioned with the current council,” said Ms Farmer.

“Major party decisions have resulted in overdevelopment and traffic and parking problems across the county, with major consequences for Cronulla, Bundeena and Kurnell.”

“I don’t think party politics belongs in city councils.”

Ms Farmer said that if elected, she would continue to fight against the development of Monro Park.

A development application has been submitted for a new café and commercial offices on the northern edge of the park.

“This heritage park is loved by our community and the proposal will have a negative impact on the park,” she said.

Her other priorities are to support “sustainable development, not overdevelopment” and to fight for a similar facility to replace the women’s rest center.

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