Exploring the tenure of Byron's outgoing Mayor Simon Richardson – The Echo
Byron Shire Mayor, Simon Richardson, has resigned effective 30 April, 2021 following 13 years as a councillor, the last nine as mayor.
He made his announcement on his social media page on Thursday, 22 April reflecting on the ‘tough personal journey for me during this term’ dealing with both acute anxiety and the death of his wife Jane, which left him as the sole parent to his two young daughters.
Referring to the Council he joined, and later became mayor of, he stated that it was an ‘organisation that was at war with itself, broke and with no staff appetite to take risks in fear of being shot down and very low morale. We also had councillors at war, where it was seen as natural to attack and bully each other. And lastly, we had a community that largely took sides, dug trenches and attacked each [other,] where civil discourse was largely absent and only the loud voices were heard. To my regret, in my first term when solely a councillor, I was a willing participant within these conditions.’
While he sees himself as having built bridges as mayor ‘between councillors, between councillors and staff and between Council and the community’ it is clear that there have also been divisions created.
April 28, 2021, 2:34 pm