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Paul Spooner quits as Byron Community Centre GM

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Byron Community Centre general manager (GM) Paul Spooner has announced his resignation.

Mr Spooner is also a councillor, but says he will stay on in that role until September next year.

He told The Echo that ‘after spending ten wonderful years as the general manager (GM) of Byron Bay Community Association (BBCC), I have decided it’s time to move on and allow a new generation of leadership to continue the valuable work of this amazing community organisation’.

He said, ‘I would like to thank all the many hundreds of volunteers, staff, management and financial contributors to the work of the Byron Community Centre for their wonderful support during my time at BCC’.

‘I am intending to serve out my remaining term as a Byron Shire councillor and remain a board member of the newly formed affordable-housing group Byron Community Land Limited’.

The centre’s Jason Arthurton said in a statement ‘Paul has been a wonderful general manager; his energy and enthusiasm for his role and his unique set of skills will be missed’.

‘That being said, we have a very competent team in place to manage the Centre over the next three months, and a management committee that has all the skills needed to recruit Paul’s replacement’.

Selecting a new permanent general manager is now underway, he added, with Kate Hardmen currently in the acting GM role until August.

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