Council is an exciting, yet gritty and robust place. Decisions are made that affect us all on an immediate and local level. Alas, Council is often used as punching bag for some with (narrow) agendas.
Council decisions should be made by merging an awareness of state, national and global issues with a strong sense of what supports a thriving local community.
For this reason I’m announcing my candidacy for the 8 September election.
Some will already know me as the presenter of BayFM’s program on local issues,The Spin Cycle. And in my role as Chair of the Grants Committee of the Northern Rivers Community Foundation I meet people passionate about improving their local community.
As President of the Suffolk Park Progress Association I’m helping rejuvenate community activities and plan for new infrastructure.
Despite the intransigence of federal and state governments, as president of TOOT (Trains on our Tracks) since 2004, I have negotiated persistently with federal and state governments, and am confident we will see commuter rail services return on the Casino-Murwillumbah line.
In addition to my community work, I run a book publishing business called Peppinot Press.
Also running on the ticket with me is Phil Preston, a member of the Mullumbimby Fire Brigade and coordinator of the STEER Project. He is passionate about community education programs and creating safe transport options for youth in the Byron Shire
Over the next few months I look forward to sharing ideas for building a better Byron Shire ([email protected]).
Council has also appointed Mr Phil Warner, Executive Manager Water and Recycling, as acting general manager from 22 June 2012 to 1 July 2012.