Byron Greens

 

Democracy · Ecological Sustainability · Social & Economic Justice · Peace & Non-violence

Byron Greens meetings for members:

Byron Greens members meet on the 2nd Tuesday of each month starting february 2018

at MARVELL HALL, 37 Marvell Street, Byron Bay.

Arrive at 6.30pm for a 7 pm start. Hot drinks are available but byo snacks!

About Byron Greens

Around the North Coast there are many vibrant environment groups, human rights groups and social justice groups. The Greens, as the third force in Australian politics, embrace and support all progressive forces within society.

Byron Greens has a strong presence in the NSW Greens scene. We have a lot of input into Greens policies and healthy representation on state working groups and committees. Our members are also active within the Australian Greens. Wherever members’ interests lie, whether at local, state or federal level, or indeed at an international level, we have the means to give them a meaningful involvement in the political process.

Byron Shire Greens Mayor and Councillors, with Tamara Smith MP for Ballina and Dawn Walker MLC, Northern Rivers Spokesperson, representing us at State level, are all working hard to build better communities.

The Greens team on Byron Shire Council, L-R:
Sarah Ndiaye, Jeannette Martin, Michael Lyon & Mayor Simon Richardson

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Simon Richardson

Simon Richardson

Mayor

Simon is a resident of Federal. He is married with two children. His goal is to support the youth of the Shire to have a voice and a place within the overall vision of the Shire. With many challenges ahead, he is determined to provide leadership to ensure our Shire truly embraces sustainable living, working and social practises, while embracing the diverse and unique cultural flavour of the area.

Sarah Ndiaye

Sarah Ndiaye

Councillor

Sarah Ndiaye is a long time resident of the Byron Shire and currently works as a High School English and Drama teacher. A graduate of Southern Cross University and the Australian Film, Television and Radio School, Sarah has worked in local media at both ABC North Coast, Bay FM and been involved in local festivals and the creative industries. Sarah is passionate about environmental and social justice issues.

Jeannette Martin

Jeannette Martin

Councillor

Jeannette Martin is a community development worker, member of the Mullumbimby Chamber of Commerce and the founder of Mullumbimby Community Gardens. Currently she is engaged in the new Mullum Master Plan and the future of the Mullum hospital site. She is passionate about ensuring improved collaboration between community groups, individuals and Byron Shire Council. Jeannette was elected to council in 2016.

Michael Lyon

Michael Lyon

Councillor

Michael Lyon completed degrees in law, commerce and an accounting qualification. He moved to Byron in 2009 and has been the general manager of Santos Organics since 2012. Michael joined the Byron Greens in 2012 and was elected to council in 2016 on a platform that included supporting the localisation of agriculture, the clean-up of waterways and transparency in decision-making.

Phone: 0435 646 365

Tamara Smith

Tamara Smith

MP for Ballina

Tamara Smith MP for Ballina. She is the first Greens member of the Legislative Assembly in the Northern Rivers and took the seat from the Nationals in 2015.

Dawn Walker

Dawn Walker

MLC

Dawn Walker MLC was elected to the NSW Legislative Council in March 2017. She lives at Fingal Heads and is a member of Tweed Greens. She holds the portfolio for the North Coast.

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Legislative Council Counts
The NSW Electoral Commission (NSWEC) has workplace health and safety concerns about staff in voting centres working excessive hours on election day.

To address this concern and to ensure staff leave the voting centre at a reasonable time, the NSWEC will conduct the initial 1st preference count of the Legislative Council ballot papers to the following 7 groups only:

Animal Justice Party
Christian Democratic Party (Fred Nile Group)
Labor/Country Labor
Liberal/The Nationals
Pauline Hanson's One Nation
Shooters, Fishers and Farmers
The Greens
All other ballot papers ie: those marked above the line for any other group, and those marked below the line, will be placed in the one 'Others' pile and reported as one total figure on election night.

This process will apply for all Legislative Council initial 1st preference counts for voting centres, early voting centres, iVote, postal and the various declaration vote types.

It is important to note that many of the ballot papers in the 'Others' pile will be formal and will be identified as such during the check count.

After the ballot papers have undergone an initial count they will again be re-examined during the check count which occurs in the weeks after Election Day. It is this check count, and subsequent distribution of preferences, which determines the elected candidates.

As the check count (batching and data entry) of the Legislative Council ballot papers commences at the Legislative Council Count Centre at Rosehill from Sunday, 24 March 2019 onwards, the NSWEC will progressively report to its website the 1st preference votes both above and below the line, for all groups and candidates that appear on the ballot paper.

It is estimated the progressive reporting of these check count figures on the NSWEC website will commence on Wednesday, 27 March 2019 and will continue daily up to Wednesday, 10 April 2019. The distribution of preferences to determine the 21 elected Legislative Council candidates, conducted within the NSWEC computer count system, is expected to take place on Friday, 12 April 2019.
https://www.abc.net.au/news/elections/nsw/2019/results#legislative-council
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