Chris Cooney, Mullumbimby.
If, like me, you are feeling somewhat flummoxed by the number of candidates running for [Byron Shire] Council perhaps you could ask yourself the question-which of these candidates would serve the community the best for the next four years?
I cannot go past the Greens as my first choice. I know these candidates reasonably well and each of them has a skill set which would lead our community in a progressive direction. Secondly, the group Community Byron, led by Cate Coorey, would add a much needed balance and, thirdly, Our Sustainable Future because the community needs the thoughtful and experienced Basil Cameron in the council as well.
Although I have nothing personal against real estate agents, local council is not the place for them. Conflict of interest is inevitable.
As for mayor, the choice is clear: Simon Richardson has been a dedicated and enthusiastic leader and councillor. He has our community’s interest at the centre of all his policy announcements and I fully endorse his candidature for this position.