Sitting independent Councillor, Cate Coorey, has announced her ticket for the 2021 Byron Shire Council elections, to be held September 4.
Joining Cate are Delta Kay, Kim Goodrick and Bronwyn Morris.
‘I can’t believe how fortunate I am to have such a great group of women on this ticket’, says Cate Coorey.
‘I don’t need to introduce Delta Kay to anyone, as she is the one that has introduced us all to her country – working for NPWS and now in her own business. My personal experience of Delta is why I asked her to join my ticket – we have worked alongside each other over several years now – in protecting West Byron, campaigning to keep rocks off our beaches and, more recently, sharing her knowledge of Tallow Creek and sea country with the students I teach at Byron Community College. I admire her immensely, and she is also good fun to work with’.
‘Also standing is Kim Goodrick from Eureka. Kim is a scientist with a background in safety and risk assessment in high hazard industries. Kim has been an active advocate for enforcement of residential and rural zoning with respect to Short Term Holiday Letting (STHL) and wedding venues.
‘Since her son Connor fell from the cliff above Cosy Corner in 2019, she has lobbied for the installation of warning signage at the base of the cliff, as well as fundraising for lifesaving equipment for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter. Recently she set up the Regulate Byron Shire STHL group, which gained 1,000 Facebook followers in under two weeks.
‘Risk management should be at the heart of everything we do. We must think more carefully about the consequences of our action (or inaction) and weigh up the risks, whether that be on climate change or housing affordability’, says Kim.
West Byron campaigner
‘Bronwyn Morris joins the group, following her involvement with the West Byron campaign, recently making an impressive presentation to the Land and Environment court hearing on West Byron. Bronwyn has a background in education, as a high school teacher and later as a school counsellor over many years. She is a long-time community activist, fighting inappropriate developments in Brisbane and, when she lived in Manly, was involved in the GetUp campaign, ousting Tony Abbott from his seat.
‘Bronwyn coordinated the Clean Up Australia event in Mullumbimby this year and is currently training to run workshops for Resilient Byron’.
Cate adds, ‘I’m really looking forward to sharing a campaign platform with these intelligent, active and principled women of our community’.