Checking on candidates

WITH the council elections just around the corner, the Community Action Network (CAN) says it can help in the decision-making process.

CAN member Lydia Kindred said the focus of the Ballina, Lismore and Byron groups was to provide information to the community about which candidates represented ethical decision-making and environmental sustainability.

“CAN supports a sustainable prosperous economy which recognises our unique natural environment and lifestyles,” Ms Kindred said.

The first of the local not-for-profit groups started in the early 1990s in Byron Bay as 'a bunch of concerned residents' who wanted change.

Ms Kindred, who lived at Byron at the time, said the group aimed to make the Byron Shire Council accountable and change its large development agenda.

“We found the Byron Council back then was not listening to the community so we created CAN, an independent group with no political affiliations,” she said.

When Ms Kindred moved to Lismore recently, she said she realised the need to start new groups and started them up there and at Ballina.

The was the first year CAN groups were involved in the Ballina and Lismore elections, Ms Kindred said.

Each of the groups had assessed the candidates in the different areas and made voting recommendations based on principles of environmental sustainability and ethics.

The Lismore group's recommendations can be viewed at http://lismorecan.wordpress.com/; the Ballina group's recommendations are available by emailing can@linknet.net.au and the Byron group's recommendations are available by emailing can@oldbyronbay.com.

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