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Byron Shire
March 3, 2021

Clare Hocking – Byron candidate

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1 Candidate details

Clare Hocking

Council: Byron

Town/city: Suffolk Park

Number of years in shire/LGA: 3 (Plus numerous visits over the years)

Current councillor? No

Clubs/sports/interests: Byron Community Centre, primary ethics, running, swimming, surfing, food, family, friends, poetry, philosophy and politics.

Are you a member of a political party or an organised ‘ticket’? Yes

If yes, which party or who else is on your ticket?: The Greens: Simon, Rose, Duncan and Rhonda!

Brief description: I consider myself audacious, determined and compassionate. I’m motivated by a strong sense of social justice, and believe in grass-roots everything! I love to dance and enjoy a laugh.

2 What has motivated you to stand?

I am passionate to continue the hard work of preserving the Byron Shire environment, for without the environment we have nothing, it must come first. Additionally I have been working in community development in the shire for the last two years and have witnessed firsthand the hardships experienced by many people and would like to see greater development of community support, services and employment.

Finally, I believe strongly in democracy and all people being involved in decisions that affect how they live. I hope that my involvement in local politics may encourage other young people (especially women) to take an active interest in politics.

3 What is your vision for the shire/LGA?

That Byron Shire will be a world leader in environmentally sustainable living, social equality and prosperity.

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

Environmentally friendly, smaller, smarter housing. Affordable and accessible public transport, especially like to see a Park and Ride into Byron Bay CBD.

5 What particular issues do you feel strongly about?

Environmentally: Coal-seam gas!

Economically: Help develop local enterprise through the provision of entrepreneurial loans and mentoring. In addition, more markets providing exposure for local produce/products to be bought locally.

Socially: Misuse of alcohol and other drugs; employment; and greater community action towards Indigenous reconciliation.

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