In response to the article on the preference deal announced. Firstly, Alan Hunter has stated it is a backroom deal regarding the future term of Council. Absolutely not, it is just a preference deal for this election. Completely transparent and united around the fact we believe Duncan Dey is not up to the job of being mayor and that any one of us would be better. Which is why my team is also preferencing Alan and Cate ahead of The Greens.
Speaking of Duncan, who claims somehow as an insult, that the teams are ‘pragmatic’. This pragmatic term of Council has delivered on roads, something that The Greens councillors of the past have never done. We have delivered on big picture green initiatives, with only final sign-off now required on the Bioenergy Plant and Solar Farm. We have delivered on community engagement, with better Council satisfaction ratings. We have delivered on the Byron Bypass, Bus Interchange, the old Byron Hospital, Railway Park, the Railway corridor park, Waterlily park and more. We have delivered on finances and on the creation of affordable housing initiatives, which just need bringing home with a collaborative approach with our regional neighbours to force the State government to act next year. The last thing a Council that delivers needs is to go backwards to the ghosts of Greens past.
If I am given the honour of serving again, you will get more of the same including an inclusive approach with whoever is on Council. You will get open, transparent, sensible and pragmatic leadership that delivers by listening to all of the community.