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Happy days for elected councillors

NEW LINE-UP: Six of the Byron Shire’s councillors (from left) Rose Wanchap, Paul Spooner, Sol Ibrahim, Diane Woods, Alan Hunter and Chris Cubis celebrate their election.
NEW LINE-UP: Six of the Byron Shire’s councillors (from left) Rose Wanchap, Paul Spooner, Sol Ibrahim, Diane Woods, Alan Hunter and Chris Cubis celebrate their election. Jann Burmester

THE candidates waiting to hear whether they had made it onto Byron Shire Council were left on tenterhooks last Wednesday when the computer collating the final results hit a glitch.

Instead of showing the names of the successful candidates, a message on the screen said: "No results found."

But after a quick check and some pushing of buttons, the region's Returning Officer, Ian Smith, got the computer working and formally announced the names of the final three.

They are Basil Cameron from Our Sustainable Future Party; Community Independent Paul Spooner and Alan Hunter from Diane Woods' Group A team.

Already elected to the council were Greens mayor Simon Richardson and councillors Woods, Chris Cubis, Rose Wanchap, Duncan Dey and Sol Ibrahim.

Paul Spooner said he was very happy to achieve seventh place, saying he would work with the other councillors to ensure a more co-operative council.

Cr Woods said the widespread mood for change in the local government elections had been recognised with six new councillors elected.

"While I congratulate Simon Richardson on winning a closely contested mayoral race, the pressure is now on him to ensure party politics is left behind," she said.

"I feel the new balance in council will deliver more robust discussion than what was previously in place," Cr Woods said.

Cr Richardson said he was honoured to have been elected by the residents of Byron Shire as mayor for the next four years.

"We have a great new team, with Rose and Duncan supporting me to help maintain this shire as a leader in promoting appropriate development, environmental sustainability and a vibrant and strong community," Cr Richardson said.


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