1 Candidate details
Council: Byron Shire
Town/city: Suffolk Park
Number of years in shire/LGA: 29 years
Current councillor? No
Clubs/sports/interests: music, design, photography, reading, gym training, the ocean, mountain biking.
Are you a member of a political party or an organised ‘ticket’? Yes, Vision in Action
If yes, which party or who else is on your ticket?: Vision in Action alongside Sol Ibrahim, Rebecca Sargeant, Laurie Lynch, Bradley Wodiske and Michael Murray.
Brief description: Local Byron Bay resident for most of my life. I consider myself an energetic, focused and hardworking individual. I am passionate about the arts, culture and local business.
2 What has motivated you to stand?
Having grown up in the hinterland of Goonengerry, I am grateful for the special qualities this area offers. My motivation to stand for council is to give back to the community I love and to be involved in creating a sustainable and exciting future for Byron Shire.
3 What is your vision for the shire/LGA?
I would like to see an open platform for communication between council and the community in order to create a positive vision for the future of our shire. It is vital that we have a council that facilitates positive growth and offers a reliable and efficient service to 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?
It is imperative that we, as a community, share a plan for the future of our shire. It is about creative thinking, planning and adopting smart, ecological building technologies. By facilitating growth and maintaining the integrity of our natural environment we can create a prosperous and sustainable future for the shire.
5 What particular issues do you feel strongly about?
- roads, public amenities and maintenance of valuable infrastructure
- opportunities for young people, sustainability of small business and the importance of having a strong local economy
- LEP draft that threatens a large number of property owners in the shire
- open platform of communication and networking between council and the community
- tourism, festivals and events, music and the arts.