Sol Ibrahim, Byron Bay
I am writing to correct an error in your article ‘Five new faces on Byron Council’. I am not a business manager, nor have I ever owned or operated a business.
I am employed as the chief executive officer of Northern Rivers Childcare Services Incorporated. This is a non-profit, independent, community-operated association that has been in existence for over 30 years. I have been the CEO for 14.5 years. We have personnel of around 250, operate two full administration offices in Lismore and Tweed, provide education and care services for 2,000 children through a dozen budgets totalling several million dollars.
I first became a qualified teacher, then completed a degree in social science majoring in industrial relations, and I am now completing a law degree at SCU.
I do not consider myself a conservative within the normal political spectrum. I am not a conservative voter in state or federal elections. I am a longtime member of Greenpeace, and served on the Australian Democrats policy committee in the 1990s.
My policies in this campaign clearly placed environmental protection very highly. Appreciating and supporting local business is not a conservative position, it is a mainstream responsibility of all councils. It is my intention to be a balanced and progressive councillor, sitting firmly in the centre.