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Sustainable Economy Panel

Date commenced: 
29 September 2016


A panel is a group consisting of Councillors and specialist key stakeholders, with a particular interest in or expertise in the subject of the panel, which will assist Council in decision making relating to a particular matter. Panels do not have any executive power or authority to implement actions and all recommendations from these panels are reported to Council via a staff report for decision.

The role of the Sustainable Economy Panel is, independently of management, to report to Council and provide appropriate advice and recommendations on matters relevant to economic development and tourism in the Shire.


The objective of the Panel is to work with Council and the Economic Development & Tourism unit of Council to generate and sustain employment and business investment in the Byron Shire that will strengthen the Byron Shire local economy in a sustainable manner.  The framework for meetings and actions is guided by the following key areas as agreed by the current Panel members:

1.         Emerging industries
2.         Public Private Partnerships
3.         Enabling infrastructure
4.         Planning and Design

2017 Meeting Dates:

16 March 2017

4 May 2017

28 September 2017

30 November 2017


3 Councillor Representatives:

And until further notice:

Community Membership

Representing the following areas:


Damian Antico

Food production:

Keith Byrne

Creative Industries:

Ajay McFadden

Business Services:

Rob Doolan


Dr Meredith Wray


Dr Charlie Zammit


John Hertzberg






Gavin Brown

Staff Representatives:

  • Economic Development and Tourism Coordinator

  Agendas and Minutes for this Panel are available at Meetings of Council