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Country Labor's Isaac Smith is the new mayor of Lismore after defeating Greg Bennett, a member of the Shooters and Fishers Party. Meanwhile, David Wright has been re-elected mayor of Ballina by a margin of 1,254 votes ahead of former Greens councillor and now independent Jeff Johnson.
Byron Greens mayor Simon Richardson has been entrusted with a second term after almost half of the shire's voters gave him their first preference. But things are not so clear-cut in neighbouring Lismore and Ballina.
The manager of iconic Australian rock band INXS wants to be part of an exciting new arts and entertainment hub in Ballina. And mayoral candidate Jeff Johnson thinks the council could help him build his Golden Playpen.