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May 8, 2021

Basil Cameron – Byron candidate

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1 Candidate details

Basil Cameron

LGA: Byron Shire

Residence: Goonengerry

Years in Shire: 25 years

Years as Cr: 4 years as councillor,  2 years as deputy mayor.

Memberships/Interests: Landcare, Brunswick Valley Historical Society, Mullumbimby Community Centre, Trains On Our Tracks, Federal School of Arts, Federal Community Centre, rainforest regeneration, permaculture.

Group: Yes, Our Sustainable Future

Brief description: Qualified solicitor. Extensive experience in public and community roles.  Part of teams that brought you BAY-FM, Goonengerry National Park.   Driven by vision for our sustainable future. Determined, patient, respectful.

2 What has motivated you to stand?

As councillor and deputy mayor, I have learnt a lot about local government and enjoy working with the community to get results. I can hit the ground running as mayor.

3 What is your vision for the shire/LGA?

To make Council work. As mayor, I will streamline decision-making and end the blame game to refocus delivery of core services to achieve better results for the whole community.

4 In your opinion, how can council best balance the need for further residential development with the need to preserve the local environment?

Good planning.  Working with the community for a new LEP that sets a sustainable level of development.  Local decision making.  Making and applying well-informed environmental protection policies.

5 What particular issues do you feel strongly about?

Roads. No service cuts at Mullumbimby Hospital. Nurturing community sustainability and resilience. Supporting local food production and economy. Environment.  Koalas.  Arts.  Opportunities for young people. Improving public transport. Managing tourism.

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