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December 2, 2021

Byron realtor announces candidate platform

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Further to last week’s announcement of council candidate groups, Gail Fuller has supplied a statement for her ticket.

Ms Fuller heads an all women team and is the president of the Byron Bay chamber of commerce, a real estate agent and has been in the area for 21 years.

Second on the ticket is artistic director and arts representative Cerise Gollogly, who has a strong interest in integrated design, education, art and business innovations and the activation of public spaces.

Third is locally born Leah Kapral, an environmental scientist from Ocean Shores who has worked in both the public and private sectors.

She is currently leading the Ocean Shores masterplan group and other community- based local projects.

Fourth on the ticket is Kirsty Harland, who says she is passionate about supporting the younger community in securing jobs and mentoring young businesses to grow.

Ms Fuller says she feels the business community needs clear representation in the Shire and believes strong community consultation is essential to delivering positive outcomes.

‘We feel that without the duress of a political party flavouring our views on important infrastructure and planning decisions, we can bring a commonsense representative point of view to the table.

‘Opening up the conversations about the community is needed so that the ratepayers can have their views voiced and included in the decision making.’

‘Politically we hold a very moderate, centrist view and our focus is on sensible planning, community engagement and supporting a sustainable economy for our diverse community.

‘The environment is a very important factor in all planning decisions, and ensuring the protection of our landscape in what the Byron Shire represents to this region is paramount.’

*Gail Fuller’s website is www.gailfuller.com.au.

* Full candidate profiles available at www.echo.net.au/2016-byron-shire-councillor-candidates-announced.

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  1. Reading the real estate agents media releases and election strategies is like watching a heard of goats trying to squeeze through a hole in the wire fence to get at the cabbages.

    In relation to the three candidates standing with the realtor, firstly, environmental scientists are deeply implicated in legitimizing and signing off on dodgy development practices. Thus Southern Cross University environmental science graduates are often part of the problem rather than the solution.

    Secondly, the candidate playing the art and education cards should not distract voters from the goats getting at the cabbages through the hole in the fence (that the SCU environmental science graduate is intent on making wider).

    Thirdly, what does the other candidates jaded soundbite about being passionate about supporting the younger community in securing jobs and mentoring young businesses to grow actually mean? Is it more unbridled and mostly unwanted development signed off on by a real estate agent and a SCU environmental science graduate?


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