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February 25, 2021

Sol Ibrahim

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1 Candidate details

Sol Ibrahim

Council: Byron Shire

Town/city: Byron Bay

Number of years in shire/LGA: First moved here in 1982. Living here continuously for the past 14 years.

Current councilor? No

Clubs/sports/interests: I enjoy a variety of sports, including surfing, tennis and gym. I also enjoy Latin dance, film and travel. I have a great love for wilderness, and own a bush property near Washpool World Heritage National Park.

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

I am not a member of a political party, although I was a member of the Australian Democrats in the 1990s. I am a mayoral candidate, heading the Vision in Action ticket.

Brief description:  I am the CEO of a large non-profit organisation. My professional life has been characterised by service to families, care and education of children, financial management and innovation.

2 What has motivated you to stand?

My life experience has taught me that there is almost always a win-win solution to problems if one is committed to finding them. There is a strong mood in our shire for a different style of local government, one that focuses on constructive solutions rather than adversarial conflict and obstruction. After so many years enjoying this beautiful shire, I would like to give something back.

3 What is your vision for the shire/LGA?

An inclusive community that is based on respect and appreciation for the diverse needs, interests and talents of all residents. A community that protects our beautiful natural environment, as well as providing employment and creative opportunity.

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

Residential development can harm the local environment in two major ways. Firstly, it may lead to the destruction of significant habitat areas. I don’t believe this is acceptable or necessary for the further residential development of the shire. Housing development can also damage the environment through increased sewage, garbage and traffic. Council can work constructively with landowners, architects and builders to find innovative solutions to these issues.

5 What particular issues do you feel strongly about?

The first responsibility of local government is to provide residents with quality infrastructure and services. This means safe roads, clean public toilets, footpaths, lighting and waste disposal. This shire has fallen far behind others in this regard, and I feel strongly that this must be rectified. My professional career has been one of service to the community, and I feel very strongly that our council has lost its way in this regard. Local government should encourage small business, innovation and the arts. There are so many talented people in this shire to be supported by their council.


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