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February 27, 2021

Philip Preston – Byron candidate

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1. Candidate Details:

Philip Preston

Council: Byron Shire

Town/city: Mullumbimby

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

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