1 Candidate details
Council: Byron Shire
Town/city: Byron Bay
Number of years in shire/LGA: 26 years
Current councillor? No
Clubs/sports/interests: Social welfare; enjoying the natural beauty of Byron Shire in many ways; playing music
Are you a member of a political party or an organised ‘ticket’? Yes – Group E with Karin Kolbe, Phil Preston, Syd Geary
Brief description: I have witnessed the expansion of Byron Bay from a sleepy country town to a bustling tourist destination. We need a council that will protect our natural assets, provide infrastructure and services and resist the pressures of development.
2 What has motivated you to stand?
Since I moved here in 1986, I have seen how consecutive councils have met this challenge with differing degrees of success. I was secretary of the Suffolk Park Progress Association from 1987 to 1995, a period that included the excesses of the developer-dominated council of the early 1990s. This period saw the emergence of residents’ associations across the shire to defend the shire’s communities because the council had neglected its duty to represent our interests.
3 What is your vision for the shire/LGA?
Recent councils have sought to protect our shire from the forces that would turn it into another Gold Coast. To avoid a return of these past extremes, it is important to elect progressive councillors who will serve the community.
4 In your opinion, how can council best balance the need for further residential development with the need to preserve the local environment?
A dynamic team is now even more important owing to the continuing undemocratic moves by the state government to usurp the valid wishes of local residents.
5 What particular issues do you feel strongly about?
I care about protecting the natural and cultural values that make Byron Shire a great place to live and visit.