Suzie Mylecharane, Myocum
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.