1 Candidate details
Council: Byron Shire
Number of years in shire/LGA: moved to Shire in 1994.
Clubs/sports/interests: Member of Mullumbimby High P&C, Northern Rivers Food, Mullum Community Gardens
Are you a member of a political party or an organised ‘ticket’? Yes
If yes, which party or who else is on your ticket?: Our Sustainable Future (Group F)
Brief description: Business owner, parent, resident, leader Pathways to Womanhood, previously community liaison officer with Mullumbimby High School and past committee member Brunswick Valley Junior AFL
2 What has motivated you to stand?
To support Deputy Mayor Basil Cameron for mayor. There will be significant change at council after these elections. We need an experienced set of hands to help the new council make the best choice of a new GM. It’s also time for some new faces with a fresh approach. Together our team can get council working again and will prioritise improvements in the delivery of core services.
3 What is your vision for the shire/LGA?
A shire where it’s possible for folk from all walks of life to live, not just the wealthy and those of us lucky enough to be here before housing became unaffordable for many. Without this diversity, we will in the next decade be experiencing shortages in skilled workers such as teachers, police, electricians and nurses and the like who provide many services and contribute to the fabric of this community.
4 In your opinion, how can council best balance the need for further residential development with the need to preserve the local environment?
Planning processes based on good science. Improve consultation and community engagement in strategic planning. Identify, protect and extend biodiversity.
5 What particular issues do you feel strongly about?
Local food production, markets, community, affordable housing, neighbourhood sporting facilities.