FAMILY FIRST: Labor Councillor Stephanie Posniak will step down from her council role after one term in the job. PICTURE: Jonathan Carroll
THE prospect of guiding her two twin daughters throughthehigh school certificate next year was enough to convince Labor Councillor Stephanie Posniak to bow out of local politics after a single term.
Labor’s ticket for the September council election is close to being decided after preselection results were released on Friday.
They include two new faces –with former ABC presenter Carol Duncan running in Ward 2, and CPSU secretary Emma White running in Ward 1.
Ms White will replace Cr Posniak at the head of the ticket, after she made the decision to run in an unwinnable position down the ticket.
Cr Posniak, a senior solicitor with Shine Lawyers whowas elected in 2012, said it was a decision based on “life in general”.
“I have myjob as a lawyer, my older daughter just started universityand the twins are going through the HSC, soit’s a lot,” she said.
“Ward 1 is the biggest ward with a lot of issues soit is very time consuming. I have enjoyed being on councilbut it has been a struggle.”
Ms Posniak said she was proud of the work she had done behind the scenes for constituents.
“There seems to be two ways of doing the job– oneis to do it for the purpose of publicity, and the other way is to do it to helppeople. Ilike to think that’s the road I’ve taken.”
While most spots on the Labor ticket were uncontested– including Nuatali Nelmes running for re-election as Lord Mayor, and Declan Clausen in Ward 3–her deputy, Jason Dunn, faces a challenge in Ward 4 from Darren Potts, a former electrical supervisor at the Kurri Kurri aluminium smelter who lives in Fletcher.
Mr Potts –who, the Newcastle Heraldunderstands is not known to most of the Labor ticket –said he decided to put his hand up because of a lack of infrastructure spending in Fletcher and the surrounding suburbs.
“There’s no road infrastructure to support the growing traffic in the area,” he said.
“You can sit at the traffic lights at Merrylands for up to half at 8.30 in the morning,right back to the new Coles at Fletcher village.”
He said he didn’t believe the current Labor council had done enough to address the issue, and said he had “never head of” Cr Dunn before he decided to run.
“And I’m getting a lot of support,” he said.