PETER WESTHEIMER Candidate for Byron Shire Council

27 March 04
*Byron Shire Council




Support                             Peter Westheimer                    for Byron Shire Council

Dear Community,
The upcoming Council Elections are on the 27th March.

If elected I will endeavour to bring  positive change to Byron Shire Council. I am very aware of the challenges and ongoing issues (see other side) in our Shire.

 With my background, energy and experience I hope to move the Councillors towards a more forward thinking and cooperative era.

 The council has to be more proactive, effective and efficient in dealing with the many and varied Shire wide issues if it is to avoid  amalgamation and succumbing to development pressures.

I  am leading a group of five independent candidates  who feel a similar way and who value ecological integrity, cultural diversity, a vibrant local economy and social equity. 


 I look forward to your support.                                                       Peter Westheimer

Active involvement  for many years with political, environmental and cultural groups:


  • Stood for Council in the 2002 by-election with a strong vote.
  • Lived here for 14 years & have attended Council meetings over 10 years, regularly in the last 4 years enabling broad understanding of Council issues.
  • Member of the Byron Shire State of the Environment and Brunswick Estuary committees.
  • Managing a large project of native vegetation restoration & bush regeneration.
  • Northern Rivers Trains for the Future committee member.
  • Member of the  Brunswick Valley and Big Scrub Land Care Groups, Australian Conservation Foundation, BASEC and BEACON.
  • Member and past Vice-President of CAN (Community Action Network).
  •  Past secretary of Byron Shire Businesses for the Future.
  • Past active member of the Suffolk Park Progress Association.
  • Member of the Broken Head Working party committee in the previous Council.
  • Past committee member of the Australian Guild of Screen Composers.


Qualifications & work experience:


  • Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, Melbourne University 1973.
  • Worked as a medical practitioner in occupational health, rehabilitation and holistic medicine.
  • Extensive experience in the music & film industry as a composer & musician.
  • Released 5 music albums and composed music for many documentaries and films.
  • Independent, hard working, creative.






54 year old Chris Langton has lived in the Shire for 16 years. Having designed many local houses and community projects he has spent a lot of time at the front desk of the council offices. He has a 12 year old son who plays sport and goes to Mullumbimby High School.

"I see Byron Shire at the crossroads with rampant development to our North & 1.7 million tourists visiting Byron annually. It's time to recreate the jewel that is Byron Bay.

The bypass has to be a major priority leading to significant benefits for residents.

Funding needs to be put toward sealed roads, sporting facilities, community projects and much needed infrastructure".



Robert Rosen  has been involved in a range of environmental groups over 23 years

holding positions in groups including the Australian Bush Heritage Fund,

Greenpeace, Australian Greens, NSW National Parks Association and the

Nature Conservation Trust of NSW. He played a pioneering  role in the

development  of the Australian  ethical investment industry, has  carried out

extensive  research  on the social and environmental performance  of

Australian  companies  and has lectured and written widely on ethical

investment and green/community economics issues.

 Locally Robert has been a member of the Council's Economic Advisory and Affordable Housing Committees, the Brunswick Heads Business and Tourism Group and the

Tweed/Byron Committee of the Northern Rivers Regional Strategy.


Rosi Pilgrim lives in South Golden  Beach in the north of the shire.  She has two young children and works part-time assisting her partner in the running of his archaeological consultancy business.  Rosi is a member of the Helen Street Footbridge Project Group, does occasional volunteer work for Byron Youth Service, and is treasurer of the South Golden Beach Playgroup.  


I spent 35 years travelling the world making documentaries, and moved to Byron ten years ago.
I feel enormous gratitude for my life in this Shire, and celebrate the cultural diversity of our extraordinary community.  I believe it's essential to preserve the qualities that make this place unique.    Keep a re-energised rail system, support the local economy, encourage public art, poetry, music and song.
I work with Peter Westheimer on the Byron Bay Community Centre Committee, and know him to be a most diligent, aware and caring man, with a grand vision for a beautiful and creative shire - and the patience and commitment to see his vision through.