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Everyone who’s watched [Byron Shire councillor] Diane Woods in action will have concluded that she gets her orders from [retiring councillor] Ross Tucker, though she herself seems to remember only the rare times she has been allowed to disagree with him.

I’d thought that Group D, the Vision In Action people led by Sol Ibrahim (whoever the fuck he might be), were put up as a stalking horse to funnel votes back to Di Woods, but maybe the businesspeople of the shire are actually a little embarrassed at Di’s crew and want to put up a rightwing group that’s not stuck in the 1950s. One suspects that their ‘vision’, however, entails little more than large piles of money. If you’re tempted by anyone in this group at least vote above the line, ie don’t follow their preference card or you’ll end up giving your vote to the hillbillies.

Because the progressive vote for mayor will be split between Basil Cameron and Simon Richardson, it may be that Di Woods will get a bigger primary vote than either of them. She isn’t allocating any preferences, meaning that the rednecks see Basil and Simon as equally unacceptable.

Basil’s estimation of himself as the most intelligent of the councillors is correct, but in politics it’s instinct, grit and working towards an identifiable ideal that counts. He’s certainly been out there working hard at a retail level to connect with the punters but behind the scenes he has participated in changing the way council works so that the process favours the general manager’s power at the expense of the elected.

Which leaves us with Simon Richardson, the ‘least worst’ choice in my view – by which I mean that he’s not exactly an inspiring natural leader, but has a heart which is in the right place and is much more prepared to listen than is Basil.

There is an urgent need to clean out the stables and I think the Greens are more likely to sympathise with that aim than Basil.

Oh yes, there is Morgan, who has taken a tough stance against the Greens over their copout on the issue of street camping, but after the Tom Wilson experience I doubt if anyone will again vote in as mayor a person who hasn’t first strutted his/her stuff as a councillor, however promising.



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  1. In the meantime Byron Shire looks like a painted up old whore looking for its next client to fleece. This town has an identity problem. It keeps telling itself it is beautiful while the reality is that it is a tacky, over priced hole that needs a good clean and coat of paint. And if Fast Bucks is serious why doesn’t he run for council? Or will he just continue to swipe from the sidelines like a disgruntled footy mum

  2. Despite his usual abusive language, Fast Buck$ is right to characterise Sol Ibrahim’s team as part of the pro-development block. He damns both Basil Cameron and Simon Richardson with faint praise, and doesn’t even rate Paul Spooner’s team a mention.

    This is an important election. With only three of the outgoing councillors renominating, it’s a chance to turn the page on the factionalism of recent years and elect councillors willing to move beyond the blame game so beloved of Buck$.

    Basil Cameron has pledged if elected as mayor to give all councillors the opportunity to contribute constructively. He has also undertaken to revise the Community Engagement Policy to guarantee the WHOLE community an effective voice in council’s deliberations.

    After the shambles of the last few years, a functioning council is surely the bottom line in these elections. Basil is the only mayoral candidate with the commitment and skills to deliver this.

  3. The majority of Captains of ships have never been a ship’s engineer – that does not mean that the ship’s engineer would make a better Captain.

    Bottomline: as Fa$t Buck$ would be aware, the candidates for Mayor who are currently Councillors permitted the non-elected Council to ‘lord it over’ the elected Council (General Manager), waste tens of thousands of dollars in relation to (a) the vanpacker saga; (b) the Belongil Beach landholders saga; (c) unlawfully raiding private property. Councillors have clearly demonstrated their total ignorance of the Law (not to be confused with ‘rules and regulations’) – whilst neglecting more important responsibilities.

    Better to vote for this “promising” Candidate as the Mayor, than vote to for those who have proven themselves to be disappointing as Councillors.


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