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Byron Shire
August 4, 2021

Scott Sledge – Tweed candidate

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1 Candidate details

Name: Scott Sledge

Town: Kingscliff 2487 Years in LGA: 28

Current: N0

Interests: Not a member of a political party but 2nd on the Tweed Respect independent ticket behind Eddie Roberts.

Brief description: I am an active and enthusiastic citizen of this country: I migrated here in 1973 from the USA. I served the WA Museum as a shipwreck specialist and then managed a small resort on the Tweed coast. I feel passionate about preserving the country-town lifestyle we enjoy so much here. I am blessed with good health and many friends.

2 What has motivated you to stand?

I have lived in many places and want to see the Tweed avoid some of the mistakes made in other places where greed was allowed to guide public policy. A good council can and should save the people not only from wasteful expense but socially divisive decisions.

Together with my partner Daniele I have built a house (with our own hands) and raised children in the northern rivers over about 30 years. We now have 11 grandchildren and want to maintain this area as a peaceful pleasant place for them to thrive.

3 What is your vision for the shire/LGA?

Our future lies in our natural attractions and creative population. We need to encourage eco-tourism and expand adventure tourism with information and trails.

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 all industry spin. One of our sons works in real estate and thinks that planned enhancement of existing urban areas will accommodate steady natural growth. We need to sharply curtail developer-driven urban expansion, which could come at a huge cost to our future lifestyle and the native wildlife unless carefully managed.

5 What particular issues do you feel strongly about?

I feel very strongly that council should concentrate on serving the existing population rather than try to become part of the Gold Coast.  We need to overturn the culture of secrecy and enshrine truly open and transparent government. Council needs to work in harmony with the people and with staff. That’s why we have called for RESPECT as our byword for this election. The community deserves respect!

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