25.9 C
Byron Shire
February 25, 2021

Marny Bonner

Latest News

Really? For a few cannabis plants you need what…

I guess we have to thank Hollywood for the enduring myth that a black-clad squad of elite 'blokes', preferably with cool helicopters, from the capital are needed to crack down on really serious crime in hick parts of the country like Mullumbimby.

Other News

Wonderful Council

Raphael Lee Cass, Byron Bay I went for a swim at Belongil Beach the other day and was shocked to...

Council’s power

Matthew O’Reilly I refer to Ian Pickles’ letter, titled ‘Developers’ power’ (Letters, 10 February). Generally, I must agree with most of...

Northern Rivers policeman accused of youth assault to continue facing trial

A police officer accused of assaulting a 16-year-old in Byron Bay more than three years ago is to continue facing trial this week.


Paul Brecht, Evans Head Why should we trust the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) who allowed genetically modified (GM) food onto...

Pottsville’s controversial Men’s Shed extension to be advertised

The controversial Men’s Shed at Black Rocks Sports Fields in Pottsville is seeking to expand its footprint 12m to the west.

Letting the love light SHINE in Lismore

A discovery focused light festival in August hopes to attract locals and visitors to Lismore.

1 Candidate details

Name: Marny Bonner

Council: Lismore City

Town/city: Lismore

Number of years in shire/LGA: 32

Current councillor? No

Clubs/sports/interests: Founder, Australian Seabird Rescue; regional councillor, Wildlife Preservation Society of Australia; CSG-Free Northern Rivers; small-business mentoring; boating.

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’, a local-government grouping independent of any major parties. I share the Lismore ticket with Simon Clough, Ruth Harlow, Dr Leigh Davison, Annie Kia and Stuart Anderson.

Brief description:  Independent, energetic, focused; small-business owner with proven track record of commitment to community and environment (several awards for outstanding community service). Owner/manager of the Lismore Carboot Market since 1988.

2. What has motivated you to stand?

I believe that council will benefit from more independent councillors and improved gender balance. As a mature woman who is deeply connected to this community, with a range of life experience that includes 30 years’ administration in both corporate and public sectors, overcoming the challenge of poverty and lone parenting, starting and operating a small business for 25 years, starting and developing a community organisation over 20 years, I believe I have something to offer.

3 What is your vision for the shire/LGA?

  • § continue revitalisation of the Lismore CBD
  • § encourage village and suburban progress associations to provide communication links between communities and councillors
  • § protect productive agricultural land from urban development and CSG mining
  • § encourage sustainable practices and development with a focus on affordable housing
  • § support development of cycleways, walkways and health activities in the urban communities
  • § work towards sustainable water use (ie no new dams)

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

  • Increase housing density in existing developed areas, including mixed zoning to provide incentives for townhouse and ‘granny flat’ development within existing suitable houses.
  • Require developers to include a percentage of affordable housing and mixed density within new development as well as more sustainable housing design, including water and energy efficiency.
  • sustainable water usage through ongoing education, rebates for water tanks and encouraging household recycling for toilet and garden use, to avoid the huge cost and loss of land to dam development
  • partnering with churches, community groups and the state government to eliminate homelessness and hunger in the Lismore LGA
  • sustainable housing development, including affordable housing
  • encouraging biodiversity through promoting planting of native flora, regeneration and wildlife corridors
  • eliminating single-use plastic bags
  • animal welfare, both native and domestic

5 What particular issues do you feel strongly about?

§  continued revitalisation and promotion of the Lismore CBD, including cycleways and walking trails and activity infrastructure in parks

§  protecting agricultural land for ongoing food production, including strong opposition to CSG mining and supporting feral animal control



Previous articleBeth Shelley
Next articleJack Sugarman

Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Local fisherfolk caught in the parking fine net

FIsherfolk have been caught in the net of parking fines designed to stop travellers parking up for the night on the Tweed Coast Road and they are seeking help to access their beaches at night without fines.

Family Court scrapped

Despite overwhelming opposition from Australia’s family law specialists and advocates, the federal Liberal-Nationals government and cross benchers scrapped the Family Law Court and subsumed it into the circuit courts last week.

Cavanbah centre gets a taste of 3×3 basketball

The Byron Beez basketball team in collaboration with the U League hosted a 3x3 tournament at the Cavanbah centre at the end of January that attracted 30 teams.

Northern Rivers policeman accused of youth assault acquitted

Magistrate Michael Dakin has ordered a common assault charge against a former Byron-based policeman be dropped after an altercation involving a naked youth in Byron Bay three years ago.