1 Candidate details
Number of years in shire/LGA: My wife Pauline and I moved into the shire 8½ years ago.
Current councillor? I am currently not a councillor.
I am a member of the Mullumbimby Golf Club, member of the Mullumbimby Rural Co-op, chairman of the Mullumbimby branch of the National Party, chairman of the Nationals’ Richmond Federal Electoral Council.
Are you a member of a political party or an organised ticket?
I am a long-term member of The Nationals but am standing as an independent on the Woods group ticket for Byron Shire council election.
2 What has motivated you to stand?
My motivation to stand for election is to encourage greater cooperation at all levels in Byron Shire Council for improved outcomes.
3 What is your vision for the shire/LGA?
My vision is that the shire population grows in a socially, economically and environmentally balanced way. Our population will continue to grow and that growth has to be balanced by meeting our future needs for a clean, sustainable environment, community services, infrastructure, education and jobs.
4 In your opinion, how can council best balance the need for further residential development with the need to preserve the local environment?
Some councils seem to be better than others at balancing population growth, building infrastructure and preserving the local environment. I would like to see some sort of external benchmarking of council’s procedures and planning against the better performing LGAs.
5 What particular issues do you feel strongly about?
Council will only be as good at balancing our future needs, population growth and development if there is a balanced and cooperative attitude within council. Currently there seem to be too many conflicting agendas.