I see a Byron Shire where we have fixed the roads and drainage, provided homes for those who need them and ensured that we have protected our most valuable asset, the environment. I want a focus of the next term of Council to be on the regeneration of all the riparian zones in the shire, so that our creeks and waterways are havens for biodiversity and form the veins and corridors for a restoration of our natural world.

Michael Lyon

Michael Lyon has served as Mayor for the last 3 years and on Council for the last 8 years.

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Michael Lyon has served as Mayor for the last 3 years and on Council for the last 8 years.

Meredith Wray

Meredith has been a resident of Byron Shire for 38 years, lives in Byron Bay and is a strategic tourism planning consultant and university educator. 

 

She considers that contributing to good planning and decision-making as part of Byron Shire Council would be a capstone of her professional career whereby her passion and vision for best practice sustainable tourism is applied and embedded within Council.

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This would involve helping Council to lead a process to achieve Sustainable Destination Accreditation that includes auditing and establishing sustainability benchmarking objectives for the Shire that meet Global Sustainable Tourism Council Destination Criteria.

 

Meredith has an advanced level of knowledge of best practice destination management planning and research and a strong history working with state and local governments and regional and local tourism organisations. Her understanding and interest in tourism is founded on her PhD studies and research in sustainable tourism policy and planning. Meredith was a full-time academic at Southern Cross University until 2014 and continues to teach on a casual basis in the areas of sustainable tourism and business practice. 

 

Importantly, she has grass-roots experience working with many local governments across NSW.  She also worked within the Strategic and Sustainable Growth Unit at Eurobodalla Shire Council for a year to embed sustainable tourism planning initiatives within a local government framework.

 

Meredith is committed to sharing her knowledge and leadership skills to her region and community. She has the availability and space to devote passion, time and energy to the role required of a Byron Shire Councillor.

 

She is currently Co-Chair of the Byron Masterplan Guidance Group, a Board Director of Destination North Coast and Northern Rivers Performing Arts (NORPA). She also recently completed the Northern Rivers Leadership Australian Resilient Communities program offered by the Australian Regional Leadership Foundation. 

 

She also wants to ensure Council continues to deliver well-designed place-making initiatives for the Shire’s towns and villages; protects established height limits and controls for development; develops and implements strategies for sustainable transport options (e.g. e-buses, improved cycleways); effectively plans for development and activation of the Northern Rivers Rail Trail; and continues to consider viable options to address workforce shortages and affordable housing.

 

Meredith was also co-founder of ‘In The Pink Gelati’ in Byron Bay back in 1988, so also has a local understanding of the importance of local businesses. 

 

Meredith likes to work as part of a team and her approach is based upon effective planning and decision-making. Her colleagues would attest to her high standards of integrity and ethics and collaborative style. 

Mark Swivel

Lawyer, Councillor, Creative.

Mark led the campaign to save Feros Village and is a strong Rail Trail advocate. Mark runs Barefoot Law and has won key cases in aged care, family law, mental health, small business and unfair dismissal.

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Mark is a councillor at Byron Shire, president and player at Eureka FC and director at Spaghetti Circus.

 

He does regular spots on ABC radio - Philip Adams once gave Mark a Koala Stamp.

 

Mark’s is MC of Dustyesky and the author of One Pie Wellness (with artist Bec Kocass), Water Falling Down (QTC) and Making Australia Slightly Better Than Average Again.

Jeannette Martin

Jeannette Martin is passionate about the Northern Rivers and in particular Byron Shire. She has family heritage in the region and found “home” when she moved to Mullumbimby in 2006.

Jeannette served on council from 2016 to 2021 supporting Simon Richardson and then Michael Lyon as Mayor. She is a team player and was known on council as “the voice of reason”.

 

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Jeannette highly values natural environment in the Byron Shire and also recognises the challenges in balancing it with the needs of our community and the current housing crisis.

 

She aims to seek the fairest and most considered environmental outcomes in our ever-changing shire.

 

Jeannette has used her qualifications in Community Development and
Governance in to assist numerous community organisations and projects to find their feet and move forwards. These include establishing the award winning Mullumbimby Community Garden and Mullum SEED, a charity that supports over 35 environmental organisations with fundraising, administration and governance support. She has recently retired from these two projects as they are now
operating with strength and integrity and are solidly cemented in the culture of
Mullumbimby.


She is a member of the Mullumbimby Chamber of Commerce and Chair of the
Mullumbimby Civic Hall Management Committee, administers the register of
Significant Trees in Byron Shire, and is continuing to seek a site for the Byron Shire Natural Burial Ground.


She has been involved in the Mullum Hospital redevelopment since 2016 and has compiled the history of the community involvement in the hospital from 1888 to 2023 (available at the Mullum Historical Society Museum).

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