1 Candidate details
Council: Byron Shire
Town/city: Byron Bay
Number of years in shire: 12 years
Current councillor? No
Clubs/sports/interests: Environmental activist in support of a chemical-free shire, member of the Byron Greens, advocate for affordable housing.
Are you a member of a political party or an organised ‘ticket’? Yes
If yes, which party or who else is on your ticket?:
I am first on on the Greens Ticket after Simon Richardson who is standing for mayor. There are four other members on the Byron Greens ticket: Duncan Dey, Jim Beatson, Clare Hocking and Rhonda Khong.
Brief description: I am the owner operator of two business in Byron Bay. I have three children, two of whom live in the shire. I have five grandchildren who rock my world and give me the courage to fight for a better world for all of us.
2 What has motivated you to stand?
I have received so much from this community over the past 12 years I decided it was my turn to give something back.
3 What is your vision for the shire/LGA?
I believe that the people who are attracted to this area are leaders, not followers. They are not unlike myself in that I want to lead our community to a safer, fairer, sustainable future.
4 In your opinion, how can council best balance the need for further residential development with the need to preserve the local environment?
‘Appropriate’ is the key word when it comes to development but with so many diverse and colourful characters in our shire the interpretation of ‘appropriate’ can come in many shades of grey. I believe the past council has gotten the balance right and I am ever hopeful that I will be able to build on these successes while still encouraging growth and prosperity for all. I would like to see growth focused on one of our present extraordinary successes, being that in the Byron shire we have one of the highest uptakes of sustainable organic agricultural practices in any regional area in Australia.
5 What particular issues do you feel strongly about?
Environmental issues are high on my priority list. If we don’t get it right the future for our shire will be one of growing disease for all the inhabitants.
I will be advocating very strongly against the introduction of coal-seam gas mining in our shire or adjoining shires as well as campaigning for a reduction in the use of highly poisonous herbicides and pesticides presently used shirewide.