Byron Shire Council

Our Councillors and Our Plans for the Byron Shire

Simon Richardson, Mayor of Byron Shire Council

Simon Richardson – current Byron Shire Mayor, former school teacher and Byron Shire Councillor 2008-2012.

“As Mayor I know that great projects like our Masterplans, Zero Emissions Byron and getting transport back in our rail corridor happen when we bring our diverse community together.  It also takes the courage to say no to inappropriate development and yes to good ideas that add to our community. By listening to and respecting our community, my team and I will continue the Greens’ great track record of advocating for our environment and for you.”

Michael Lyon

Michael Lyon – accountant, graduate of law and General Manager of Santos Organics.

“I understand the importance of a vibrant local food industry and the need to protect our land and water.  I’m committed to using my business experience and accounting skills to support jobs and business opportunities that will use our land wisely.”

Jeannette Martin

Jeannette Martin – community development worker, secretary of Mullumbimby Chamber of Commerce and founder of Mullumbimby Community Gardens.

“I’ve spent years turning community ideas into action and I love to see people feeling engaged and empowered.  After the success of the Mullumbimby Community Gardens and the recent plastic-free July campaign I really want to see our Council working more with community organisations to make things happen – and I can support that process.”

Sarah Ndiaye

Sarah Ndiaye – school teacher and local media professional.  Former presenter at Bay-FM and ABC producer.

“Working in local radio, teaching high school students and bringing up two kids in Byron Shire has given me valuable insights into the challenges low income families and young people face when it comes to finding housing and meaningful employment.  I want to see more jobs for locals – especially in areas that will help to protect our local environment and biodiversity for generations to come.”

Our Focus for the Byron Shire

Our 6-point plan for Byron Shire

  • Protecting our environment: caring for our natural places and having the courage to say no to inappropriate development
  • More jobs: especially for young people in creative industries and on the land
  • More affordable housing: finding practical ways to enable low-income families, singles, the young and elderly to remain in the Shire
  • Fixing potholes: Paid Parking in Byron Bay means we can get on with fixing our roads and other ageing infrastructure
  • Improving public transport: better options across the shire including re-activating the rail line from Billinudgel to Bangalow with a range of transport options
  • Protecting our land: finding better solutions to the challenges of population growth while protecting our rural land and the peace and quiet of our villages