Name: Amanda Gorr
Council: Byron Shire
Number of years in shire/LGA: 2.5
Current councillor? No
Clubs/sports/interests: Surfing, youth, cooking, reading, community, fashion, music.
Are you a member of a political party or an organised ‘ticket’? Y
If yes, which party or who else is on your ticket?: Community Independents
Brief description: Please describe yourself in 30 words or less:
I am a very positive person with loads of energy and a strong interest in the community. I am passionate about everything in my life, including my partner, my alpacas and my chickens!
2 What has motivated you to stand?
A feeling that our council needed to have some positive energy, some younger voices and some open ears and some people who are willing to find some middle ground.
3 What is your vision for the shire/LGA?
For Byron to remain unique and as individual as it is now whilst accepting that change does happen. I chose to live in the Byron shire for its incredible environmental beauty, its remarkable people, it amazing atmosphere, the energy our festivals bring and its one-of-a-kind community. I would like to see this continue to grow and shift as it has done for decades.
4 In your opinion, how can council best balance the need for further residential development with the need to preserve the local environment?
We have some great visionaries in the Byron shire; I would love to see them all brought together in a big think tank to solve some of our biggest issues. I don’t believe this issue will be solved without listening to our whole community from all socioeconomic groups and all demographics, and including some of our most disadvantaged.
5 What particular issues do you feel strongly about?
In Australia there are large corporations that take on youth with little or no experience and teach them the basics of getting and keeping a job, from customer service to punctuality. In the Byron shire we have been lucky to have not needed these large multinationals but this means the small businesses need to step up and help our local youth. As a community we need to support these businesses and our local youth.
Arts and the promotion of our local artists
We are incredibly lucky to have some amazing festivals in the Byron shire – art, music, writing. I believe that our local artists benefit greatly from these festivals with incredible exposure and experience. I want to encourage the arts and our local artisans as much as we can while ensuring our community benefits from these events with investment in local infrastructure.
Communication between council, council staff and the community
There seems to be much confusion around some of our most talked-about issues; let’s clear them up!