1 Candidate details
Council: Byron Shire
Town/city: Ocean Shores
Number of years in shire/LGA: Over 20-year history, 7 years as a resident this time around.
Current councillor? No
Clubs/sports/interests: Member of the Byron Community Centre Association; subcriber to Bay FM. I love the Mullum Community Garden, Mullum Music Fest, The Spirit Fest and the Writers’ Festival! I love to hear the drums, see the fire dancers, and dance with the buskers in the street. I am interested in attending Splendour and the Blues Festival (if only I could afford a ticket!)
Are you a member of a political party or an organised ‘ticket’?:
Yes Community Independents
If yes, who else is on your ticket?:
Paul Spooner, Jeanette Martin, Amanda Gorr and Michael Moriarty
I am all about relationship: Relationship to land, neighbours, our children, business/work and self. I work tirelessly to develop positive working relationships based on mutual respect and integrity. I am a ‘can do’ kinda gal!
2 What has motivated you to stand?
I have heard time and time again from residents how difficult Byron Shire Council is to deal with. I would like a chance to change this, to have a council that can actively facilitate great things within our community. I believe there is so much we can achieve with responsible, ethical and accountable leadership.
3 What is your vision for the shire/LGA?
We can develop a culture of positive relationship between council, staff and residents. We can identify and support developments that benefit the the whole community. We can also identify those developments that are self-interested, give little or nothing to the community and confidently stand against them. Support for local producers, farmers, businesses, and a priority for employing existing locals (especially in council) will strengthen our local economy.
4 In your opinion, how can council best balance the need for further residential development with the need to preserve the local environment?
Sustainable building practices are well developed, understood and accepted in many other parts of the world. Council needs to look to models of communities that embrace alternative, sustainable technologies. It needs to favour developments that go above and beyond in their endeavours to protect the local environment and provide enlivened spaces for our communities inclusive of our fauna and flora. Byron Shire must embrace suitable grey-water systems, composting toilets, passive heating… and the list goes on!
5 What particular issues do you feel strongly about?
Byron Shire needs to be connected with safe bicycle paths. (We all know that our cars won’t survive the potholes for too much longer.)
We need to be able to capture a percentage of the tourist dollar so it can contribute to our local community needs and improve our infrastructure. It is not enough that the tourist-industry businesses alone benefit from visitors to our beautiful home.
Our children deserve the best facilities and opportunities we can provide them.
Our youth deserve safe streets, training and local employment.