25.5 C
Byron Shire
April 20, 2021

Leyla Roberts – Ballina Candidate

Latest News

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 21 April, 2021

Check out entertainment listings for the week, with music, dance, cinema and all sorts events happening in and around the Byron Shire

Other News

Death for koalas

Maria Paola Torti, Italy I’m Maria Paola Torti. I live in Italy, and I’m very concerned with the NSW coalition government’s...

Flawed plan

Kai Beijerbacht, Mullumbimby For those of you who haven’t been living under a rock, I’m sure you are aware of the...

Koala Wars

James Wright, Byron Bay On reading Dailan’s ‘Koala Wars’ I felt compelled introduce the readers to interesting debate about the health and...

Remembering Peter Warner

Ballina's legendary man of the sea Peter Warner died doing what he loved best, sailing, during an attempted crossing of the Ballina Bar in rough conditions last week. He was ninety years old.

The ghost in the archives #3: Sexism, legal discrimination and ‘the game of bastardry’

The ghost in the archives #3 – In which a former Echo drudge dives into the crypt and comes up covered in dusty memories.

Affordable myth

Patricia Warren, Brunswick Heads There is a ‘myth of affordable housing’ in Byron Shire. Well may councillors lament the lack of ‘affordable...

Candidate Details

Name: Leyla Roberts

Council: Ballina

Town/city: Meerschaum Vale

Number of years in shire/LGA: 22

Current councillor? Y/N  No
If yes, how many years?:

Clubs/sports/interests: Dance. Music. Bushcare

Are you a member of a political party or an organised ‘ticket’? Y/N  Yes

If yes, which party or who else is on your ticket?: Greens

Brief description: Please describe yourself in 30 words or less. (NB: Responses of more than 30 words will be edited by Echonetdaily.) Living in the area for 22 years; partner in a local business; committed to the management and regeneration of our bush land, waterways and beaches; studying Law at SCU and have a degree in Communications.

2 What has motivated you to stand?

Frustration that the current council is pro-development without regard for sustainability and consideration of our remaining bushland, waterways and beaches.

3 What is your vision for the shire/LGA?

A representative local government with an improved organisational structure. Transparent fund allocation with more community consultation. Less involvement in commercial development. More support for local businesses and the retention of agriculture in the region.

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

Ballina Council does not currently have any funds allocated for the regeneration of our remaining native bushland. There is no monitoring of pollution in our waterways or on our beaches. There needs to be closer and more detailed scrutiny of tree clearing on agricultural and land zoned for residential development to protect native flora and fauna. Residential development needs to be sustainable with a careful and organised infrastructure in place before decisions are made.

5 What particular issues do you feel strongly about?

Without a healthy environment we have nothing to leave for our children. Transparency and honesty at a local council level reflects a true and representative democratic government. Overspending on commercial development is not what the people of this area want. Supporting and encouraging small businesses will keep our money in our local area. CSG mining and it’s associated infrastructure must never be part of our economy.


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Interview with Toni Childs

Internationally celebrated musician, Emmy winner and three times Grammy nominee Toni Childs is bringing her show to The Brunswick Picture House. With two acts, Childs is promising a special two hour performance as she celebrates her vast catalogue of music, which also saw her celebrate the 30th anniversary of her critically acclaimed album Union in 2019.

Jungle juice

There are times when water just doesn’t cut it. And luckily, for those times, there is Jungle Juice.

Rise and shine!

Early morning starts are not a usual routine for chefs at the Ballina RSL Club. March was an exception when Chef Halie Welsh rallied some staff and friends together to take part in Ian Thorpe’s Laps For Life charity. A team of ten hit the Ballina Pool at 7am every day during March to raise funds For ReachOut’s Laps For Life challenge. 

Yamba restaurants

I’m often asked about Yamba, one of our favourite holiday spots over the last 20 years. With a great range of beaches, walks, tennis courts, skate parks and accommodation etc it’s been great for the kids growing up, and they still love it. Plus, it’s now only 90 minutes’ drive from Mullumbimby.