Byron Bay Mayor Jan Barham
Byron Bay Mayor Jan Barham

Mayor aims for Upper House

BYRON SHIRE mayor Jan Barham is going places.

She will be vying for a seat in the NSW Upper House at the State election next March and is second on the Greens ticket.

Her chances of becoming an MLC are highly likely, given that two Green contenders were elected the last time.

Her political move will not interfere with her job as mayor of Byron Shire, she told The Northern Star.

“I will do both. There will be a crossover period,” she said.

“I used to work in Parliament as Ian Cohen’s assistant in 1995 to 1999 and I understand the parliamentary and legislative process.”

Clover Moore does both, she said, referring to Sydney’s lord mayor and State member for Bligh.

It will be a busy time for the mayor but she has back-up, she said.

“I’m confident about the team in council. In the past it wouldn’t have been easy to contemplate, but now we have good people in council.”

Mayor Barham is eager to put her 10 years in local government to good use in State Parliament.

“It will be about representing this area from a Greens perspective, and engaging directly with ministers for what we need on the North Coast,” she said.

On the list of ‘new Greens’ are environmentalist Cate Faehrmann, Woollahra councillor David Shoebridge, Orange City councillor Jeremy Buckingham, Rockdale councillor Lesa de Leau, and Sydney City councillor Chris Harris.

Greens MLC Ian Cohen is due to retire in 2011.

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