Ben Smith is a second term councillor having been elected to C ward since 2008. Since that time, there have been a lot of significant improvements achieved for the plateau and Ben is keen to see the good work continue. Ben is a director on Richmond River County Council, part of councils internal audit committee, and chair of the Facilities committee.

Ben comes from a professional background in software engineering, having developed and released business software worldwide with Australia’s largest software companies, and has a background in small business spanning over a decade, specializing in the fields of IT, systems integration and loyalty systems (primarily with the clubs and gaming industries).

Ben has a strong focus on innovation and works hard within council to drive new ideas, but also believes it’s important to maintain the core basic principals required for a successful council.

Ben comes from a family with rich local history and is passionate about maintaining the beauty and lifestyle that  Ballina Shire has to offer and is dedicated to long term sustainability of the shire, both environmentally and economically.

Ben’s interests include motorsport, bushwalking, photography, basketball and gym.