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NSW local government elections are to be held this September, and in the Byron Shire, the Greens have announced their team with current councillor Sarah Ndiaye running for mayor on a four-woman ticket.

Running with Cr Ndiaye are local women Elia Hauge, Delta Kay and Michelle Lowe.

Currently the deputy mayor, Cr Ndiaye said she was honoured to be part of a ticket with such a caring, intelligent and passionate team of community leaders.

‘I’m in awe of all three of my running mates, and believe the Byron Shire will really benefit having them on Council,’ Cr Ndiaye said.

Elia Hauge

‘Elia Hauge is a water engineer and on Council’s Water and Sewer Committee,’ Cr Ndiaye said.

‘She has been very active in the local Greens group, and was a lead organiser during the “Yes” campaign.’

Delta Kay

‘I’ve worked with Delta Kay over many years in a variety of capacities,’ the deputy mayor said.

‘She is a well-known Traditional Owner, and a widely respected businesswoman and educator.’

Michelle Lowe

Michelle Lowe was described as a Bundjalung woman, high school teacher and mentor.

‘She has been very active in the climate strikes, among other things,’ Cr Ndiaye said.

The deputy mayor said her run for mayor has been a long time coming.

‘I think over seven years on Council, and five as deputy mayor, has put me in a very good position,’ she said.

‘I understand the position, its complexities and the needs of our community,’ she said.

‘It’s one role where you know you can never make everyone happy – but if you are genuine, you work hard for the community and do your best to explain where you’re coming from, hopefully people appreciate that.’

All four women featured on the Greens’ ticket have lived in the area for most of their lives.

‘Our team is united in creating a sustainable, liveable and resilient future for the Byron Shire,’ said Cr Ndiaye.

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    • Maybe, you are thinking of the last Election, when the then Green’s Mayor, Michael Lyon, wasn’t endorsed for re-election by The Greens.

      He did get the largest number of initial positive votes but the negative votes dumped him.

      In the same preselection, Sarah Ndiaye almost suffered the same fate, running last on the candidate list.

      Because of a gender balance rule, she was promoted to 2nd behind Dey, being the only female on their ticket.

      It’s a history that the Greens would rather you forget.


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