Independent councillor, Basil Cameron, says he will not contest the upcoming mayoral and Council elections, to be held December 4.
He said on social media, ‘After thirteen years as a councillor, five years as Deputy Mayor, it is time to pass the baton to others’.
‘This has been a difficult decision, because I have loved every minute of being a councillor, and it has been the greatest privilege to represent the people of Byron Shire. Being a councillor is also a very demanding role that requires a big commitment of time to do well.
‘Contrary to what headlines may suggest, the greatest satisfaction comes outside the chamber and working directly with resident, community and business groups on projects that matter.
‘In this term alone the Mullumbimby Masterplan, Bangalow Village Plan, Heritage House refurbishment, Mullumbimby Hospital site, South Golden Beach fitness park, Suffolk Park pump track and Linda Vidler Park have all progressed.
‘As Chair of the Transport and Infrastructure Committee, delivering the Bike Plan, PAMP and Transport Strategy have been highlights, along with the Byron-Suffolk cycleway and design work for a Brunswick–Mullumimby cycleway. On two issues close to my heart, I have been able to achieve a better focus on heritage issues and improvements in road safety and pedestrian access as Chair of both the Heritage Panel and Local Traffic Committee.
‘I am particularly proud of early Notices of Motion I took to Council that achieved a ban on CSG mining in the Shire, and the establishment of a Finance Advisory Committee (FAC) following the GFC. At the time, Council’s finances were in a dire state, and councillors lacked the information to make well-judged decisions.
‘Thank you to all the many wonderfully skilled people in our community who are prepared to contribute to our collective wellbeing’.