POLICY DETAILS for
Byron Shire Election 2004 18/2/2004
for an effective, resilient, positive and financially viable council.
and communicate with council, individuals & community stakeholders.
vote for issues on their merit with balance, perspective and firmness.
- Constructive social, environmental
and economic goals shire wide.
a Biodiversity plan, council and the community will be setting up a
planning framework ensuring protection
and enhancement of our natural environment into the future.
environmental protection zones and wildlife corridors through a biodiversity
strategy will go a long way towards protecting our land, rivers and estuaries from further
degradation and poorly planned development eg. at present
some forest remnant areas are
still under general zoning eg 1(a) rural with no recognition of ecological
Agreements or Property native vegetation management plans could be linked
to consent conditions for a Development application.
annual biodiversity levy
of $30 a year would give support and assistance to landholders .
field officers could advise on weed control, native plant identification,
bush regeneration and revegetation techniques, and fencing off
creeks and remnant habitats.
Fears could be allayed by landholders being helped in preparing a native
vegetation management plan. Supporting mechanisms could also include
rate rebates, grants and other financial incentives linked to conservation
agreements. Revolving fund mechanisms where land is bought and then
resold with added environmental protection could be considered.
Covenanted land may
ultimately restrict certain activities on these properties yet
on the other hand it will make them more desirable for organic and sustainable
farming as well as lifestyle.
There is a lot of grant
funding available that council should be tapping into. We need to invite
skilled people to identify opportunities and do the applications on the
basis of remuneration if the grant is successful. This can also apply
to arts and community project grants as well !
- Council to set up
at least 3 regeneration teams
one each for the
coast, the rivers and the hinterland.
- We have
a great biodiversity foundation to build on, many pressures, a small
rate base, lots of visitors who love the place, and a community with
a passionate commitment to its natural resources.
- Protect and enhance
our natural environment.
the Biodiversity & Sustainable Agriculture strategies.
sewerage treatment & stormwater discharges into rivers and estuaries.
retreat as the key way to address coastal erosion.
land repair and minimal ecological footprints as the basis for sustainable
approvals dept . in council to employ an ecologist.
pretty basic really. Healthy ecosystems are essential to human survival.
Our current LEP, old but still important and mostly relevant,
is underpinned by the 'Greenprint
for a Sustainable future' - functioning and viable ecosystems as a basis
for economic and social development [this is a local government obligation].
park in Mullumbimby to be reclassified as a botanical Garden for the
shire dedicated to local and threatened species. Maintenance of this
area to consequently receive higher priority.
- Implement renewable
energy initiatives and a dark skies initiative.
STRONG RESILIENT LOCAL ECONOMY
economic activity in harmony with ecological and social objectives .
- Promote the shire's
locally owned businesses, farms and creative industries.
- Council to focus on future economic strategies with new, sound and innovative management
proposals and ideas.
- Financial and asset
regional strategies and local knowledge with enterprise development.
- Consider joint venture
partnerships between council, businesses and the community.
& parking management, walking paths, cycle ways, parks and community facilities.
- A Tourism management plan with tourists paying for infrastructure
maintenance/repair and developers contributing more via a new section
NSW government for infrastructure and planning support.
development to consider population capacity and protection of natural
clause 68 of the North Coast Regional Environment plan[REP] by deleting
Byron Bay as a prime tourist development areas.
funding for improved traffic and parking management, organic waste collection,
upgrading parks and public
spaces , road improvements and community facilities.
Organic Waste collection to link up with Lismore Council's worm farm.
for the South Golden Beach Helen St. footbridge and in Mullumbimby a footbridge link to the Pine Avenue
area and extending the Riverside park walking track and recreational
area from behind the Post Office to the swimming pool park.
and local approvals system needs to be made more efficient and possibly audited.
planning and strategic planning need to be given higher priority.
- Discrete parking
coupon machines eg one per 20 cars or so will work better than coupons
bought from shops.
- If elected I would
bring a bed Tax back on the agenda and rename it the Council Tourism
Surcharge. I would pursue the state government to consider a bed Tax
for Byron Council as a
special one off. They did it for the Sydney Olympics to help themselves!!
park and ride areas at both entries into Byron Bay with shuttle transport
and a town centre bypass.
the NSW Government to view the Northern Rivers as a distinct area deserving
it's own regional rail network in addition to XPT services to Sydney.
- A quality local commuter/tourist train service with links to schools,
universities & TAFE colleges, hospitals & clinics, and recreational/social
flexible and affordable local transport services especially for youth
and senior residents.
- Link planning and development with affordable housing and
- Establish a council transport advisory committee. Local Government
can play a key role in facilitating public transport by the provision
of information on services, awareness raising activities.
- We need to ensure
our towns and roads don't all become congested and socially dysfunctional.
bus services are inadequate with large buses often near empty servicing
very select routes every 1-2 hours. I
suggest a new service of mini buses, solar or battery powered
preferably, [both very quiet], every 10 minutes from fringe parking areas
into the town centre linking in with the lighthouse, the Pass etc. This
will encourage people to park cars outside town in designated car parks.
Dept. of Transport needs to undertake more local
and regional planning as well as facilitation of more coordination between
transport users, health and other community service providers, other agencies
(Dept. Employment, Education and Training), local councils and regional
government organizations and, local and regional transport providers.
YOUTH SUPPORT / ARTS
- I seek to be a strong voice on council for culture and
- The cultural resources of this
Shire are vast. They stimulate employment opportunities and quality
of life outcomes, critical to Byron’s future sustainability.
- Committed to youth support programs-community mentoring,
engaging young people in the development of Byron Shire and facilitation
of a youth Commitment Development Officer.
- Improved community
& sporting facilities.
- Implement a cultural
plan, public art levy, and the new Byron
- Byron shire as a
creative community embracing film, music, visual arts, writing, health,
fitness, aboriginal heritage, farming, and original & alternative
- Creative planning & design for buildings, public
spaces, and land use.
- Architects and developers
to apply quality design and environmental criteria in new works. A developers
levy to fund public artwork - already in place elsewhere. Cultural development
includes urban and rural landscape design, recreational
places, and importantly but often overlooked local council planning and development
controls. It also involves the arts, cultural programmes, aboriginal
heritage, community services and facilities.
- Initiate more public
art in Byron shire as part of improving the attractiveness and amenity
of the town centre. With more artists per head of population than any
other local government area of NSW, it is highly desirable that Byron
better utilize its creative human resources to work on public sites,
playgrounds, meeting places, parks, lookouts, streets and plazas bringing
design elements to seats, tables, lighting etc.
- Council to support
professional grant applications on it's behalf with applicants receiving
a percentage e.g. 10 % if successful.
- Support for Aboriginal
and cultural activities to include
addressing specific social problems eg. unemployment, alienation, vandalism,
graffiti. Negotiate for public space in commercial developments.
- Facilitate the provision of work spaces
for artists, local groups and business incubator programs.
for expansion & upgrading of cultural and entertainment activities/facilities/information.
- Create partnerships between council, business and the general community to develop
art and cultural projects .
believe in maximised use of renewable resources, energy efficiency,
sustainable design, healthy buildings and materials, ecologically and
socially sensitive land use, reduced dependency on motor vehicles and
decentralized economic activity.
- Sustainability is
about intergenerational equity i.e. making sure that future generations
inherit an abundant, healthy place to live in.
- Support for a Sustainable Agriculture Strategy.
This can contribute positively to the lives of rural communities
by protecting the biological and physical resource base on which
they depend. Byron Shire to be GM free.
- Encourage worm farms,
green and organic waste collections, farmers markets.
OCEAN SHORES , BRUNSWICK HEADS ,SOUTH GOLDEN
- Build the Helen Street footbridge.
- Community centre embellishment [OS], improved footpaths,
walkways and cycle ways, street landscaping, land acquisition, beach
Skimming, flood mitigation , sports field solutions.
- RTA to be lobbied regarding strict noise reduction measures
for the new freeway.
levy developers contributions [ EPA act amendment 2000] and new
S.94 plans with higher developer
b. council initiatives could include cycle ways , council fees reduction/waiver,
shared living and working initiatives eg. warehouse/industry and arts
estate spaces for small business, artists and crafts people.
Public Housing Policies [2 tier i.e. State govmt. / Fed. govmt. funding],
Nth Coast cooperative housing group [private]---- 300 houses in existing
retreat as the key way of dealing with coastal erosion.
beaches, protect and rehabilitate existing sand dunes.
strengthening and enforcing the requirements of Part J - Coastal
Erosion Lands of Byron DCP1 for planned retreat and
incorporating this into the LEP.
the zone table for 7F(2) lands to ensure no intensification of development;
Including in Section 149 certificates
a clear statement regarding the policy of planned retreat for all properties
in the 7F(1) and 7F(2) zones.
the State Government consider providing financial assistance to people
who bought and developed their land prior to 1988.
the options of large scale development at Belongil and rock walls.
RURAL SETTLEMENT STRATEGY
that future community title developments be based on the theme of biodiversity
enhancement and ecological repair. Higher s.94 contributions to go towards
roads, public transport, community facilities and ecological restoration.
Revival of Local Area Management plans [LAMPS].
consideration of resource and energy efficiency, healthy buildings and
materials, ecologically and socially sensitive land use, and aesthetics.
design can significantly reduce adverse human impact on the natural
environment while simultaneously improving quality of life and economic
and enhancement of our natural resources.
to communicate effectively and efficiently to get messages and information
a part in making council a positive initiator of change.
social capital and trust through community involvement in decision making
and a high level of voluntary association - so that our environmental
,social and economic goals are shared.
NO TO AMALGAMATION OF BYRON
Increased cooperation and resource
and infrastructure sharing with surrounding councils. e.g. waste management,
plant equipment, human resources,
regional transport initiatives
COMMUNITY LANDS AND ASSETS
Progress their plans of management and
encourage the community to investigate the localities they're interested
in via the Byron Shire Register. Explore better usage options.