22.7 C
Byron Shire
October 22, 2021

Reece Byrnes re-elected as Tweed Deputy Mayor

Latest News

The Rebels and the Wraiths visit Nationals: ‘We are facing a planetary crisis’

As part of a fortnight of climate actions and protests with the Extinction Rebellion, over 30 activists visited MP Kevin Hogan’s office in Lismore yesterday pushing ghostly empty white prams.

Other News

Bring your people together!

It’s time to bring people together! Wherever you might like to party, Event Byron Bay has you covered. From...

Phone scam – Just.Hang.Up.

Crime Stoppers says that almost 90 per cent of Australians have received at least one nuisance or unwanted call every week

No means no, say traditional owners

As Water Week draws to a close, with a theme of 'Caring for Water and Country', a group of Widjabul Wia-bal elders have emphatically said they do not want the Dunoon Dam proposal to be put back on the table by pro-dam councillors.

Teacher vax

Dear teachers and community members. I have recently received an email from within my school community that asks me...

10 point grumble

Hear hear to David Heilpern’s recent 10 point grumble, particularly points 7, 8 and 9. If the primary objective...

The Rebels and the Wraiths visit Nationals: ‘We are facing a planetary crisis’

As part of a fortnight of climate actions and protests with the Extinction Rebellion, over 30 activists visited MP Kevin Hogan’s office in Lismore yesterday pushing ghostly empty white prams.

Tweed Shire Councillor Reece Byrnes has been re-elected as Deputy Mayor. Photo supplied.

With many local councils juggling the elections timetable owing to COVID-19 restrictions, last night the Tweed Shire elected their Deputy Mayor.

Under NSW Local Government legislation, the position of mayor and deputy mayor are put to the ballot at the expiry of each term – a period of two years for the position of Mayor and one year for the role of Deputy Mayor. The civic offices of all mayors elected by councillors will expire on election day on 4 December 2021.

Councillor Reece Byrnes has been re-elected ‘for what is probably the shortest term of deputy Mayor up until the December elections’ said Tony Green, General Manager of Tweed Shire.

Councillor Byrnes was elected with five votes – supported by Councillors Cherry, Cooper, Milne, and Owen. Councillor Allsop who was also running for the position was supported by Councillor Polglase.

Deputy Mayor Byrnes will work alongside Councillor Chris Cherry, Mayor of Tweed Shire, who will remain in her position until the next election, in December 2021.

Honoured to continue to serve the community

Before thanking his fellow Councillors for their support, Councillor Byrnes said he was honoured to continue to serve the community in this role and work to for and fight for them in what is one of the hardest times the Tweed has ever faced.

‘The Tweed and our community are always my inspiration. I was born here, and it’s the greatest honour to serve our community and the area.

Cr Byrnes said that in his role as Deputy Mayor he has witnessed such resilience and strength in the community, as so many continue to face the toughest of times during this global pandemic. ‘The biggest challenge for our community remains the fact that we are unprotected from the COVID disaster coming out of Sydney.

Our community has been forgotten

‘The sad fact is that our community has been forgotten by the Liberal Nationals in Government at a State and Federal level.

‘I will continue to call on the NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian to close the loopholes letting people travel from Sydney and putting our community and lives at risk.

‘As Deputy Mayor, I will keep fighting for our community to get our ring of steel to protect our families, our jobs and our way of life here in the Tweed.’

Councillor Byrnes was previously Deputy Mayor from September 2017 to September 2018. He repeated this post from September 2020 to September 2021.


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.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

NSW Legislative Council expresses concerns over push to burn native forests for power

The NSW Legislative Council unanimously passed a motion expressing its concerns over the growing push by industry to burn NSW native forests for electricity and hydrogen production.

Diadem Street, Lismore

Around 2,000 residents in Lismore lost their electricity connection on Wednesday night after a large gum tree took out power lines.

Black bellied whale sighted at Ballina dubbed ‘Liquorice’

For years southern waters whale watchers have been keeping their eyes keen for Migaloo and his offspring, but just how many local cetacean enthusiasts...

A history of ‘freedom’ and the Northern Rivers vaccine divide

Among the many myths about the COVID-19 vaccines is a belief they contain live virus that a vaccinated person will shed in social and intimate circumstances. Along with many other vaccine myths, this belief is contributing to a significant divide in the Northern Rivers community.