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This is a strange election.

Michael Lyon, Jeanette Martin (and retired Simon Richardson) all rode the Greens ticket to get elected to the last Council and they have all deserted The Greens and have now mounted a campaign to end all the environmental protections The Greens have historically achieved for the Shire.

The Lyon team has joined three completely inexperienced candidates to band together to get enough preferences to beat Greens mayoral candidate Duncan Dey. Lyon’s team now broadcast their new agenda, which will right all the wrongs of previous Councils which, incredibly, they in fact led! The Lyon group are preferencing Labor’s Asren Pugh who will have the most votes for mayor owing to significant rusted-on Labor support.

So in summary, these one time fake Greens are ganging up to dump the beautiful Shire into Labor’s hands.

The Greens ticket is now led by the highly respected, honest and experienced Duncan Dey, who, unlike Lyon’s three mates, has been a Byron Councillor and has ‘dark green’ support with the likes of Ian Cohen. The true Greens party thankfully saw through Lyon and dumped him from pre-selection in favour of the true green – Dey. Lyon now wants his revenge.

The Lyon team will take Centre ground under Labor’s leadership, which will report to Sydney’s Labor headquarters. Labor and the so-called ‘Independents’ will be what they themselves call ‘pragmatic’. This is code for caving in to developers by allowing unsustainable development and, worse, delegating their elected roles to the notoriously right-wing, pro-development anti-environment staff. Lyon has already voted to break rules and grant a building height increase 38 per cent higher than allowed by true green Council policy.

Lyon’s gang have an obviously well-funded campaign complemented, arguably, by Swivel’s solicitor fees. They could easily succeed in their aims.

The true Greens record is the beautiful Byron Shire. All the Lyon’s gang have are long-winded promises that the wise will see as ‘just candidates saying anything to get elected’.

Please vote wisely.

Ron Priestly, Main Arm

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Before you vote pay attention to the what the elected councillors will support in respect of Councils Healthy Waterways programme.
    Five years ago, prior to the last council elections, OzFish Richmond had meetings with Ballina Council regarding an environmental levy in which revenue would be directed to improving the health of the lower Richmond and hopefully, a trigger for LGA’s further upstream to adopt the same levy.
    Council elections took place and new councillors in place. Shortly after, BSC tabled a rate increase which also included a 1.5% rate variation directed at ‘Heathy Waterways’ which was their approach to an environmental levy.
    Four public meetings were subsequently held within the Ballina LGA to inform rate payers of the pending IPART application. OzFish Richmond spoke in support at all four meetings in support of the 1.5% rate variation, obviously thinking that most of this money would be directed towards root cause issues of poor water quality.
    Fast forward …. the rate variation was approved (and other) but with 12 months only IPART permission on the initial 1.5%. This rate variation has since been confirmed as permanent. In most cases this 1.5% is matched by NSW Gov funding amounting to a significant amount of money.
    May we respectfully ask that prior to casting your pre-poll vote or your vote on Saturday, that you ask your preferred candidate if they would endorse supporting a greater proportion of this 1.5% rate variation to some of the real root cause issues of our river health… otherwise, where it is really being spent? Ask yourself that next time you look a fresh new strip of pavement that Ballina council loves to overspend on… what a joke.

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