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May 14, 2021

Marriage equality not council business

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I read the Byron Shire Council’s draft ‘marriage equality proclamation’ in the Council Notices section of The Echo and was absolutely amazed that the councillors, for whom I and the other residents of the Shire voted, should consider that a subject in which they should get involved.

Have the residents of the Shire had the courtesy of any consultation by Council to ascertain whether or not they wish Council to express those views on their behalf?
Do councillors not have enough to do to conduct the business appropriate to the duties of a local council for which they were elected?
Do we in the Shire have an excess of money that we can afford to waste it on such a pointless exercise?
I am of the opinion that Council should stop wasting their time and our money on matters outside their terms of reference and concentrate on the job to which they were elected, that of local government,  leaving national policy matters to our nationally elected representatives.
Wendy Noble, Mullumbimby

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  1. Weddings bring a huge amount of tourist dollars and jobs to this region ,so even though a “marriage proclamation ” may not seem like Council business it will bring hard earned cash into the coffers in the long run.Good business sense from the Councillors.


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