Council: Byron Shire
Number of years in shire/LGA: 7 years
Current councillor? No
Clubs/sports/interests: Brunswick Valley Soccer
Are you a member of a political party or an organised ticket?
Yes. Karin Kolbe ‘ticket’. 3 other members are Karin Kolbe, Sid Geary, Bill Mackay
Brief description: Externally I am passionate, focused and energetic… internally this is founded on a need for structure and balance. In Byron Shire this translates to a Scorpio sun, Libra rising and moon in Pisces!
2 What has motivated you to stand?
It’s good to talk about political solutions over a coffee at the local cafe… better to present them in the council chamber… best to lead by example.
3 What is your vision for the shire?
Every time I drive south from Qld I relax as I enter Byron Shire. Maintaining and developing our shire as an inspiration to the world for harmoniously combining natural environment, economic activity, residential development and thriving community.
4 In your opinion, how can council best balance the need for further residential development with the need to preserve the local environment?
• intense development in designated ‘urban’ areas eg Byron, Mullum, Federal, Main Arm
• support ‘smart’ industries eg education, internet-based, eco-tourism
• support low-impact development in ‘rural’ areas eg agriculture, eco-tourism
5 What particular issues do you feel strongly about?
• maintain and create efficient and effective infrastructure CONNECTING communities eg transport, telecommunications, social support networks eg clubs/organisations;
• local economy