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Working out who to vote for can be confusing. Byron United said they would remain apolitical so as not to divide the community, but in the next sentence slammed the current council. Hey, that council did pull us out of $7 mill debt and that must go to their credit. Sure there has been expensive legal action, but much of that has been instigated by the Belongil landholders.

Where is the money coming from that is backing not only Diane Woods (who always voted with Ross Tucker) but also Sol Ibrahim? Could there be a bit of Tea Party entering Byron?

Sol sounds like he has good values to me, but when I learnt that he is sharing the same marketing team as Diane and giving her the preferences it made me stop and think, and that’s what you need to do to vote.

I believe Simon Richardson has community interest at heart and has integrity. I also like his team. I like the values of Karin Kolbe and Paul Spooner and they should definitely be on council.

Although Basil Cameron has a great team name, I worry if he will stand by those values.

My disappointment came when he was instigating market policy change. If adopted, management would go to the highest bidder. This would definitely take markets away from the community into the hands of the private sector (probably someone not from this area), making it more commercial, possibly with franchise stalls. Heaven forbid… is this what happened to the surfing schools recently? This would be devastating for our vibrant, diverse, local markets, including the farmer markets.

Kerry O’Brien chaired that public meeting. Basil, seeing he was outnumbered, changed his tune totally, so he looked to be on our side. We knew! It was sad to see, but that’s what politicians can be like. Basil should remain on council but I wouldn’t want to see him as mayor!

It isn’t easy to be a councillor and be conversant on all the different issues. It is a lot of dedicated time and work, for very little money. That is shame, as we really need ethical business people in this job.

Potholes and the overall appearance of the shire need an overhaul. Council also needs tourist money, so ratepayers are not left to cover for them using our town. Of course there are loads of other issues, but that is another letter.

After 40 years of living in this shire I still love it dearly and want a team who will keep our Byron SPECIAL. Please research before you vote! Watch where your preferences are going, as it is important in the overall counting. best to fill in your own numbers.



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  1. “Sure there has been some expensive legal action” – penned Suzie. The unnecessary legal action included the vanpacker saga – lobbying the State parliament in a futile attempt to obtain the unobtainable – under the Australian Constitution; i.e. amending the Local Government Act to prohibit sleeping in a lawfully parked vehicle; and inventing a “new definition” of camping – when a court of law may only apply a dictionary definition.

    Despite the actions of Councillors – Cameron, Richardson and Woods – that called into question their intelligence and squandered tens of thousands of dollars of ratepayer funds on bogus legal, Suzie recommends that citizens vote for Simon Richardson – a Councillor who voted in favour of a “new definition” of camping to be applied to accusing a human being of an Offence. Voting in favour of a “new definition” (and the meetings, reports and legal advice) was not only a waste of ratepayer funds, it was a breach of Human Rights and the Crimes Act (Attempt and Conspiracy to prevent a person from doing that which the person has a legal right to do).

    Simon Richardson may have the best interests of the citizens of Byron Shire at heart – that does not mean that Simon Richardson possesses the necessary skills and knowledge (including of Law and Politics) to be a Mayor.

    Interesting to note: Suzie apparently did not notice the presence of the candidate most qualified to be a Mayor – the person who provided Council with free accurate legal advice in relation to the vanpacker saga – as this candidate did not rate a mention.

    There are only two real independent candidates for Mayor: Jack Sugarman – who desires to ensure that Byron Shire ceases to exist; and Morgan (myself) who desires that Byron Shire continue and be governed by a truly democratic representation of Councillors – one of each colour of politics – with the ‘rainbow’ neutral independent (myself) chairing the proceedings as the Mayor.

    Yes, think before you vote. In the opinion of this candidate for Mayor, Suzie needs to spend a little more time thinking.

    Had this candidate been the Mayor, I would not have needed to spend a cent on legal for the vanpacker saga or the Belongil landholders saga either. Common Law Negligence is a ‘double edged sword’: common sense should inform all that you do not build or buy a multimillion dollar house on a sand-dune. Natural Justice: the poorer citizens of Byron Bay should not be obliged to ‘foot the bill’ for the retarded decisions of the rich.


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