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Your new elected councillors Mark Swivel, Duncan Dey, Mayor Michael Lyon, Salma Balson, Sarah Ndiaye, and Peter Westheimer. Photo Jeff Dawson

Following the election of Michael Lyon as Mayor of Byron Shire Council on Monday the results are now in for the eight council members positions.

The first five candidates were elected, listed in the order they were listed on the ballot paper, were Greens Duncan Dey, Independent Cate Coorey, Independent Mark Swivel, Independent Sama Balson and Labor’s Asren Pugh.

‘This is going to be an interesting council with lots of people and ideas to thrash out in the chamber,’ Mr Dey told The Echo.

I’m looking forward to working with Sarah to keep the Green flag flying.’

‘This was a chance for the community to vote for real change and I am devastated. The community needs people like Fran Hart on council but they won’t have Fran Hart,’ said Mr Swivel.

‘The politicisation of the vaccination issue was a disgrace and a matter of shame and one day I hope a matter of regret.’

Byron Shire election results. Photo Aslan Shand

Ms Balson told The Echo ‘I’m thrilled to be elected and it shows that the votes of the people mean we can really drive change across the line and get outcomes for the community.’

The sixth seat was taken by incumbent councillor Greens Sarah Ndiaye who said a ‘big congratulations to all successful and unsuccessful candidates over the long and challenging campaign.

‘I think we’ve got a fantastic council and it reflects the community really well. It is a short term with a lot to do and I hope we can all work together to achieve the things we need to for our community.’

The final two positions went to incumbent Conservative councillor Alan Hunter and Peter Westheimer from Byron Independents who will be having his second time around on council.

‘I’m really excited and privileged at having won the chance at helping steer the Shire through these challenging and exciting times,’ he told The Echo.

‘I am really looking forward to the collaboration with a what I think are a really talented ad passionate group of councillors.


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6 COMMENTS

  1. A mixd bag. That is what the people voted for. You can tell from the start this new council is not going to go anywhere. Every new councillor has a different direction to hoe, a new passion to put forward and promote. This new council mirrors what the Byron Shire is about and in ratepayers of what it consists. We are all different, A mixed bag of very ordinary people, a simple people all pulling in different directions, all yelling out at each other and all getting nowhere. The last council got nowhere and the mayor Simon Richardson quit before his time was up. The deputy mayor took over as mayor and then denounsed the Party he was standing for. That tainted that green Party to be not the green that is should be as the direction was more on the development side off the footpath. The colour Green now has to be re-greened as Duncan Day alludes. Duncan has to plant things. He has to plant plants a foot at a time with the help of Sarah N’Diaye.

    • The Greens , supposedly led by where’s Duncan were deservedly flogged in the Election .

      It was the Greens, themselves , who generated this disaster , not other people as you wish to believe .

      Try to grasp this as a fact with the science proven !

    • Michael Lyon was elected as a Green in September 2016 for a four year term. In April 2020, the party chose not to endorse him for the September 2020 election, so he had no choice but to become an independent, which he did, but only when his four year term was completed in September 2020. I would be very unfair to blame him for resigning from the Greens under those circumstances.

      The election was then delayed by Covid. Simon Richardson stepped down as Mayor at the end of April 2021, seven months later, so it is not correct to say he quit before his time was up. The term was extended longer than he was prepared to continue, particularly when it was becoming clear that that there could be further delays, which there ultimately were.

      Michael Lyon was voted as the interim Mayor by the councillors as an independent, not as a Green. Clearly he was preferred over Duncan Dey by the voters, despite the choice made by the party members. The Greens made their choice and got what was coming to them, one of the biggest, if not the biggest, swing against a party in Australian electoral history.

  2. “The first five candidates were elected, listed in the order they were listed on the ballot paper”
    Is this council the result of a donkey vote?

    • No , try re-reading the sentence .

      ‘ The first five candidates were elected, listed in the order they were listed on the ballot paper, were Greens Duncan Dey, Independent Cate Coorey, Independent Mark Swivel, Independent Sama Balson and Labor’s Asren Pugh.’

  3. That’s what a democracy is, where everyone has a voice that’s heard, otherwise it’s a dictatorship. If the Green Party is losing credibility then that is their responsibility and need to look at the reasons for it. Forcing people into taking vaccines that are highly dubious in safety and efficacy, made by an aggressive American drug manufacturer with already a bad track record is and will continue to prove what a big mistake that is. Scientists have always known that it’s impossible to make a vaccine for a virus because of its ability to mutate. Vaccines are helping to create more mutations. People’s health is a personal choice and should never become political or a money making exercise. Governments are supporting legal drug cartels who suppress the truth about their products, leading to death and ongoing serious health issues at the same time making the government sign contracts relieving the manufacturers of all responsibility of adverse effects. Fear clouds people’s minds and makes them desperate to believe in something, anything, that will give them hope, even if it is a false hope.

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