Candidates and teams take up poll positions
CANDIDATES and their teams continue to marshal ahead of council elections on Saturday, September 10, state-wide.
Controversial councillor Rose Wanchap is running for Mayor leading her new Middle Ground Team.
She is joined by retired builder and eco-farmer Brian Latham, macadamia farmer and high school teacher Scott Cantrill and Wally Halvorsen, a small business owner and president of the the Rainbow Region Stall Holder Association.
"We would like to see all sides of politics in the shire come together to work harmoniously to achieve good outcomes for the whole community,” Cr Wanchap said.
"A huge issue for me is the provision of fair and reasonably priced housing and development that ticks all the boxes for sustainability and the use of renewables.”
Deputy Mayor Paul Spooner will be running with a Labor team and will also be standing for mayor.
"As a councillor for the past four years I have pushed for the council to build more stable financial foundations so it can invest in our roads and infrastructure,” he said.
"I have been a fierce champion of practical housing affordability projects that will make a real difference in people's lives.”
Cr Spooner's team includes local author and educator Jan Hackett along with school teacher and principal Will Constable, Ocean Shore's local Joe Dawson, former advisor to Tanya Plibersek Monika Wheeler and Bangalow resident and regional organiser for the United Voice union Peter Doherty.
Well known local community campaigner and President of the Byron Resident Group Cate Coorey has also announced her candidacy leading the Community Byron group.
"Our team is made up of first-time candidates, bringing a new and vibrant energy to the council fray,” Ms Coorey said. "Our group will make community wishes and the environment the top priorities in the whole shire. We support sensible development and we are interested to hear what people can give to this place not what they can get from it.”
She is joined by committee member of Northern Rivers Young Farmers' Alliance Ben Mallinson, environmental campaigner Caitlin Weatherstone and secretary of the Byron Malibu Club Byron Rogers.