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I have been advised by someone in the know that it is not wise to cast your vote for mayor for anyone who does not have previous experience as a Councillor. Without the inside knowledge of how Council works, there is no way to make a good job of it.   

Perhaps the person you like and admire may have wonderful qualities and would make an excellent councillor, but without the experience gained in that position they will struggle to cope. And remember, Simon Richardson – love him or otherwise – had to give up all other major pursuits when he became mayor. It’s a time consuming job.

Bronwyn Sindel, Mullumbimby

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  1. So true , and all bar one major Candidate appear to have full time jobs AND other very busy outside interests .

    Only one candidate has that time. needed. to be a full time Mayor .

    That is our current Mayor , Michael Lyon .

    He is the best choice for Byron Mayor , by far !

    • Having time doesn’t mean people have the ability to do the job-may just mean they’re unable to get a job.

      There’s only one person running for mayor-Cr Cate Coorey- who has acted in the best interests of the community at all times both inside and outside council, has carried out her council duties in a professional manner, is well respected in the community and therefore would make an excellent mayor.

      This community deserves much better than the awful behaviour from some of the blokes we’ve had to tolerate for years.

      • A vote for Cate is a vote for the Greens as her preferences are directed there and initially they will receive more vote than she will.

        This vote is not about what sex the Mayor is and nor should it be .

        It’s about whether the Mayor is competent , experienced and has the enormous amount of time needed to do the Job .

        The ONLY person is Mayor Michael Lyon .

    In the last Council Labor Councilors Spooner and Hackett voted with the Right wing National Party’s Hunter. They voted pro-development and anti-environment. Pugh will only answer to the Sydney Labor Party and not to the voters of the Shire. Pugh will get more first preferences in the Mayoral race passing Lyon and Swivel but needs their preferences to win Mayor. If you don’t want Labor leave Pugh out of your preferences.

    • I think these sorts of sweeping generalisations are unfair, Ron. Look at two recent major decisions pertaining to development and the environment:

      One of the grossest travesties in our recent history was a bypass that struck through habitat of a critically endangered species. Cate Coorey and Paul Spooner were the main instigators of the suggestion of another possible route along the rail corridor. Soundly defeated by the voting bloc of the Greens.

      The developers’ dream in the form the industrial lands strategy sailed through with the only opposition coming from Cate, Jan Hackett and Basil Cameron.

      I’d strongly suggest people do what I like to do in local elections: ignore preference swaps and party ticketing by voting below the line in order of the values of the candidate.

      I can only say if everyone on the “progressive” side insists on painting Labor as Satan incarnate, let’s give up any chance of ridding ourselves of the increasingly unaccountable, right-wing conservatives.


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