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October 16, 2021

When can you meet the Byron Council candidates?

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The Council elections will be taking place on September 4 after a 12-month delay owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. Candidates are declaring their intentions to run, and meet the candidates events are being organised across the Shire.

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The candidates for mayor so far are: former councillor Duncan Dey for the Greens, and Asren Pugh for Labor, while Mark Swivel and current interim Mayor, Michael Lyon, are both heading up independent tickets. Questions still remain over whether long-serving Councillor Basil Cameron, and Councillors Cate Coorey and Alan Hunter will put up their hands to run again. Current Councillors, Jan Hackett and Sarah Ndiaye, will be running for Council positions on the Labor and Greens tickets respectively. However, with two-and-a-half months before nominations close on August 4 there is still plenty of time for more candidates to join the field.

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Meet the candidates

Mullumbimby Residents Association (MRA) Meet the Candidates will be held on Monday, August 9 at the Mullumbimby Ex-Services Club from 6–8pm.

Former Greens Cr, now Independent candidate Michael Lyon.

‘Candidates will have the opportunity to tell us what they hope to achieve as councillors over the next three years. And, there will be plenty of time to ask questions,’ said MRA president, Sonia Laverty.

This will be followed by the Bangalow event that is scheduled for August 18 at the Bangalow Bowlo. It is scheduled to run 6–8pm and is being hosted by the Bangalow Herald.

The date for the Byron Bay Meet the Candidates is yet to be confirmed.

The Echo and BayFM are supporting these Meet the Candidate events.


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1 COMMENT

  1. From what has been happening in Council in the confrontation against the ratepayers.
    And from why the mayor resigned before time … before he said he was going to resign …
    Don’t you think there needs be a clean sweep …
    a whole renewal of all places in Council.
    People are standing. They are standing against those in Council.
    Democracy is by the people for the people, is what Abraham said.
    Let us have a renewal. Let out a cheer and let’s have a beer with Duncan.
    He knows what he is doing.

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