There are 25,414 registered voters in the Byron Shire local government area (LGA) who are responsible for electing a mayor and eight councillors.
In the Byron mayoral vote has 17,373 votes counted with former Greens councillor and interim mayor Michael Lyon sitting at 22.98 per cent of the vote. He is followed by newcomer Mark Swivel who has 18.43 per cent then Green Duncan Dey at 14.58 per cent and Cate Coorey at 14.30 per cent of the vote. Lyon and Swivel had recommended to voters that they cross preference each of them ensuring that Lyon is heading into the position of Mayor for the upcoming two year local council period.
The council is at 17,198 votes counted and the voting for councillors has played out slightly differently to mayoral voting with The Greens ticket taking out 21.07 per cent of the vote with Michael Lyon’s ticket coming in second at 19.38 per cent. This has been followed by Mark Swivel’s ticket at 17.07 per cent and then Cate Coorey at 14.79 per cent and Asren Pugh’s Labor ticket at 12.80 per cent. Sitting conservative councillor Alan Hunter’s ticket is at 7.27 per cent of the vote so far.
It is likely that the new Council will include Cr Lyon and perhaps two from his ticket; former councillor Duncan Dey, and current Cr Sarah Ndjaye (both Greens); Mark Swivel; Cr Cate Coorey, and Labor’s Asren Pugh. The final outcome will be determined by preferences over the coming weeks.