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Byron Shire
June 22, 2021

Simon Richardson – Byron candidate

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1 Candidate details

Simon Richardson

Council: Byron

Town/city: Federal

Number of years in shire: 12

Current councillor? Yes

If yes, how many years?: 4

Clubs/sports/interests: Most sports, especially AFL – go Byron Magpies! Also, spending time with family, getting to art exhibitions and watching movies, live theatre and gigs at the Rails, where my little girl can dance. Lastly, surfing when time permits (thus, very rare).

Are you a member of a political party or an organised ‘ticket’? The Greens

Brief description:
Husband, father, councillor and teacher. I love passion and compassion, innovation and inspiration, creativity and community.

2 What has motivated you to stand?

I want to be mayor to help preserve the past successes we Greens have achieved over the last two decades, while meeting new challenges with

both an open mind and open heart.  Though we are made up of many communities in this shire, the shire only has one future – I want to respect our diversity, though represent the needs of the whole shire.

3 What is your vision for the shire?

One where we can all live and bring up our families. Where innovation and long-term thinking is the standard starting point for all decisions and where creativity and nature continue to flourish.

4 In your opinion, how can council best balance the need for further residential development with the need to preserve the local environment?

New residential development need not have a negative impact on the environment. If planned well, designed with innovation and appropriately for our climate and providing adequate green spaces,

developments should have minimal impact. We need to consider smaller living spaces, shared ownership possibilities and understand that we have a finite amount of space, thus, it would be better to consolidate our current urban areas rather than creating too many new large-scale housing projects. By turning over current holiday-let housing back to

residential spaces, we can alleviate the need to build new and instead, bring residents back into our communities.

5 What particular issues do you feel strongly about?

Socially: Affordable living – particularly housing and local food production.

Economically: Youth employment, broadening our economic base beyond tourism and developing creative industries and agriculture. Improving

public transport, managing our infrastructure needs.

Environmentally: keeping our rivers and coastlines healthy and biodiversity strong.

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