17.5 C
Byron Shire
June 21, 2021

When can you meet the Byron Council candidates?

Latest News

Travel declaration required for travellers entering Queensland

Queensland Health says that all travellers from a state or territory with a declared COVID-19 hotspot (currently Victoria and from 1am Saturday, June 19 also New South Wales) are required to complete a Queensland Border Declaration Pass prior to entry.

Other News

Is it really an MO? Or just a subdivision?

Ray Goodwin, MARRA Ratepayers and residents are to eat dust, cooked in potholes on Blindmouth Road because of the road conditions...

Anatomy is destiny

Gareth W R Smith, Palestine Liberation Centre Five members of Byron Friends of Palestine visited Justine Elliot to discuss whether the...

Tender to build rail trail from M’bah to Crabbes Creek awarded

The debate over the tender for the building of the rail trail between Murwillumbh and Crabbes Creek was ultimately...

Failure after failure

Keith Duncan, Pimlico One policy failure after another; what does it take for ‘shifty’ Morrison to come clean, show leadership, and...

Interview with Daniel Champagne

Daniel Champagne, exudes a natural ease on stage as he sings poignant lyrics and beautifully crafted melodies that invariably stir the heart with grand romanticism. Daniel spoke to The Echo whilst travelling between Brisbane and Sydney – en route to a show in Auckland.

Man missing from Cudgen

Police are appealing for public assistance to locate a man missing from the Far North Coast.

Country Labor Byron Shire Council candidates (L-R): Peter Doherty, Linda Watson, Jan Hackett, Asren Pugh, Mel Franze, Kaylene Chamberlain. Pic supplied

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.

Former Byron Shire Cr Duncan Dey.

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.

Byron Council aspirants Mark Swivel and Meredith Wray. Image Jeff Dawson

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.

Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.


  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.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

‘Technically no longer human’ – can mRNA COVID-19 vaccines meld with your DNA?

It’s becoming increasingly common to see social media posts claiming that the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines, which include those made by Pfizer and Moderna, could alter a person’s DNA.

Lantern parade and fiery finish a blast

With just under 5,000 people including performers, workers, schools and volunteers, the 2021 Lismore Lantern Parade and accompanying festival was a sold-out event celebrating light.

Art headed for the bin after Lismore competition

Making rubbish look great is the outcome of a resent art competition in Lismore – Indigenous art, koalas, rainbows, bats and lorikeets all feature in artwork that will soon be printed onto new bins in Carrington Street.

Locals to fight back with a series about the REAL Byron Bay

News that Netflix was planning to film a vacuous docudrama in Byron Bay brought a collective snort of derision across the Shire.