Youngest Tweed Shire Council candidate Reece Byrnes ready for council
THE youngest Tweed Shire Council candidate is also at the top of a ticket for Labor.
Reece Byrnes, a 28-year-old Tweed River High alumni from Bilambil was raised by a local prawn fisherman and says it's a good coincidence he's the same age as former mayor Max Boyd was when he was first elected to council.
"He's definitely someone I look up to, he offers a lot of insight into the shire, he's definitely a good example,” Mr Byrnes said.
An electorate officer in the office of Richmond MP Justine Elliot, also credited Mrs Elliot as a key mentor, but denied his bid for office was a launching pad into state or federal politics.
"It's 100% about what this shire needs,” Mr Byrnes said. "I want to help the Tweed. Labor has always been of the centre and I think that's something that's lacking from council right now. There's been a lot of division and squabbling, we want to get a bit of calm back to the council and work for the good of the community in the shire.”
Mr Byrnes will head the Country Labor ticket at council elections on September 10, supported by prominent Indigenous leader Russell Logan of Kingscliff, Marie Rogers of Murwillumbah and Rob Learmonth of Nunderi.
"We're going to announce our policies for the Tweed as the campaign goes along,” Mr Byrnes said.
"Our action plan centres on three key points, including driving the economy, protecting the environment, and supporting the community.”
Mr Reece said Labor was not a "one issue” party, but was clear on its position on some key Local Government decisions, including on water security.
"We're definitely against the Byrrill Creek dam option,” Mr Byrnes said. "It would cost ratepayers exorbitant amounts of money, and it does come under our protecting the environment policy.”
Mr Byrnes said increasing storey height limits in Kingscliff would require a "social licence” to do so and that Labor was "standing with the community” against water fun parks at Jack Evans Boat Harbour.