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Byron Shire
July 18, 2024

Byron LGA

Byron Shire is the most easterly melting point of Australia, where surfers, farmers and influencers somehow exist together despite the increasing lack of available housing… Where hippies and artists are becoming somewhat extinct from the pressure of being replaced by sea changing celebrities.

With a population of 35,773 in 2020 it’s a highly desirable mecca for festivals that celebrate music, books and alternative health. There’s plenty of naval gazing workshops too! While an affluent demographic is clearly moving in at a rapid rate, Byron Shire boasts some of the state’s most precious biodiversity.

A big issue for the Lismore, Ballina, Byron and Richmond Valley Shires is water security with the debate raging over the Dunoon Dam project which also draws in issues of viable population density, environmental stability and Indigenous heritage.

The Council is made up of a popularly elected Mayor and along with eight

Current councillor profiles here.

Byron Council Mayoral candidates

Alan Hunter, Byron Alliance Team
Bruce Clarke, Byron Shire Action Group
Cate Coorey, Community Byron
John Anderson, Independent (AKA Fast Buck$)
Christopher McIlrath, no party
Michael Lyon, Byron Independents
Duncan Dey, The Greens
Asren Pugh, Labor
Mark Swivel, Mark Swivel Team

So you want to be a councillor/politician?

This document was written without fear or favour, by The Echo editor Hans Lovejoy for the politically curious who are considering a tilt at public life, or those who are interested in the inner workings of local politics. My intention is to hopefully inform and engage aspiring political...

Byron Shire Council elections still being counted

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...

Independents clear election winners in Byron Shire

Independent candidate Michael Lyon looks to have secured enough votes to be elected Mayor, with 3,372 votes, or 23.11 per cent of the total...

Did you try to vote with iVote in the LGA elections?

The NSW Electoral Commission says they are aware that some iVote users were unable to gain access to the system to vote on Saturday.

Independents clear winners for Byron LGA elections

While the Greens and Labor saw declines in their first preference votes, it was the independents who appear to have won the majority of...

Cadwallader, Lyon and Krieg most likely new Far North Coast mayors

With most of the votes cast, and counting over until tomorrow, the New South Wales Electoral Commission stats would suggest that there are three clear winners of the mayoral contests in Ballina, Byron and Lismore Shires.

Last mayoral candidates Q and A: are you a landlord?

Here at The Echo we have seen and heard the word ‘housing’ come up time and again throughout the local government election campaign period, whether it’s from candidates or other voters.

Time to ride the election cycle

Bicycle advocacy is vanishingly rare in our community. Amid all the noise about net zero, my search for bicycle advocate candidates to vote for on Saturday only turned up vague references to ‘reducing our reliance on cars’ and ‘increasing public transport connectivity’. The closest thing to policy was: ‘It’s time to create bike paths all over the Shire.’ 

Former Byron Mayor talks about the ‘Green challenge’

It’s not easy being green, it never has been, but we are proud of our long-term commitment to Greens values and to this community. We...

Editorial – More Byron Shire council candidate Q&A!

Where do candidates stand on disused railways and pay parking? Are they to the left of Chairman Mao Zedong, or the right of Genghis Khan?

Byron candidates 2021 Q&A part 2

Buckle in, seats upright, and loosen the belt!  It’s time to see what candidates have to say – in full – about our collective issues...

Last chance for tickets to Byron Shire Council Meet the Candidates forum

Today is your last chance to get tickets to tonight’s Byron Shire Meet the Candidates forum in the Byron Theatre.

Water security needed and that means we need to think beyond the traditional dam

As two professional engineers, each with over 40 years of experience in the water industry, we support Rous County Council’s decision to start tapping into underground water resources to meet the growing water supply needs of our region.

Why we should vote with preferences in council elections

Preference can make a difference when we vote in the upcoming Council elections on Saturday December 4th.

Editorial – Power transfer station

How’s the election campaigning going for December 4? As a voter of considerable intellect and breathlessly appealing good looks, are you wanting to enter and exit the election booth as quickly as you can?

Anderson Vs Council’s banning order: round one

By David Heilpern Mayoral candidate John Anderson’s attempt to overturn Council’s banning order in the Land and Environment Court (LEC) in Sydney last Friday failed...

Byron Shire Mayoral candidate Q&A – part 1

Let’s get cracking for the December 4 elections!  Some councillors are seeking re-election along with new comers. So, who are these people that want to...

John Anderson runs for mayor in Byron

Mayoral candidate John Anderson is standing for mayor here is his campaign platform in his own words.

Meet The Candidates in Bangalow, December 1

With local Council elections coming up on December 4, The Bangalow Herald are hosting a ‘Meet The Candidates’ evening on Wednesday, December 1, at the Bangalow Bowlo from 6pm till 8pm.

Election poster in Bruns ‘illegal’, sparks complaint

A poster for Mark Swivel’s candidacy has been illegally placed on land managed by RMS in Brunswick Heads, says Greens candidate Duncan Dey. A complaint...

Cr Cameron quits mayoral race

Independent councillor, Basil Cameron, says he will not contest the upcoming mayoral and Council elections, to be held December 4. He said on social media,...

Regional ratios rollout NSW begins in Lismore

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has welcomed the announcement of nurse-to-patient ratios at two regional NSW hospitals but has expressed concern over the pace of the phased rollout.

Healthy lifestyle program for Lismore and Tweed families

The Northern NSW Local Health District says that families can access support to build healthy habits together, including tips and assistance for getting active, healthy eating and overall wellbeing.

Artists donate work for Wallum cause

They say art imitates life, but can it also save life? This is the ultimate goal of the Save Wallum Art Exhibition and fundraiser that opened at Gallery Cosmosis in Byron Bay on Friday night.

850 women with sticks in Lismore and Ballina

The Goonellabah Hockey Centre and the Ballina Hockey Centre are about to be inundated with women and their big sticks as Lismore teams up with Ballina to host the NSW Northern Division Women's Masters Hockey Championships.