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There are about 1,000 new constituents in the Byron Shire hinterland who at this Saturday’s election come into the Electorate of Lismore because of a NSW Electoral Commission redistribution.

Previously, they were in Ballina Electorate.

Sitting Member for Lismore Janelle Saffin recently met with Byron Shire Mayor, Cr Michael Lyon, General Manager, Mark Arnold and some of his executive team in Mullumbimby to be briefed on Council’s priorities for communities in Federal, Goonengerry, Eureka, Huonbrook and Wilsons Creek.

Significant funding to fix the Federal Drive landslip

Ms Saffin confirmed that she had spent months lobbying NSW Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Sam Farraway MLC and Transport for NSW for significant funding to fix the Federal Drive landslip, one of three critical landslips across her electorate.

‘I welcome the nearly $24-million funding allocation which I understand has been approved for remediation of this landslip.

‘I also understand that Council this week started works on the Whian Road-Kings Road bypass, and that weather permitting, this temporary bypass should be completed within four to six weeks.’

Ms Saffin thanked Byron Shire Council for providing her with its masterplan for the Federal village enhancement program, which includes the relocation of electricity in the main street to underground.

A $4-million project

‘I’ve added this $4-million project to my list of priorities and I look forward to helping Federal, Goonengerry and neighbouring communities with issues they bring to my attention,’ she said.

‘Lismore already was a very diverse electorate before the redistribution and even more so with the boundary change because Byron Shire has unique challenges and priorities that are clearly very important to residents.’

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  1. Having Byron voters move to the Lismore electorate could help Greens Adam Guise get elected in Lismore
    Greens are the only party who will reform Cannabis and drug driving laws and it is possible they could hold the balance of power next Saturday

  2. Janelle Saffin is as good as it gets, and here is a reality check; the Greens can never get any of their policies enacted without a Labor Govt in power, the Coalition despise them; so why overlook an exceptional Labor MP in Janelle Saffin who constantly delivers from opposition and is almost certainly going to be in Govt after March 25; don’t waste your vote on the Greens, a party that promises everything and delivers nothing without Labor support.


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