Meet our Mayor and Councillors

Cr. Michael Lyon


  • Telephone0435 646 365
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  • ProfileMichael Lyon was born in Brisbane, went to Brisbane State High School and completed degrees in Law and Commerce at the University of Queensland. He lived and worked in London for seven years as an accountant in industry and completed the CIMA professional accounting qualification during this time.

Cr. Sarah Ndiaye

Deputy Mayor

  • Telephone0432 389 353
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  • ProfileSarah Ndiaye is a long time resident of the Byron Shire and currently works as a High School English and Drama teacher. A graduate of Southern Cross University and the Australian Film, Television and Radio School, she has worked in local media at ABC North Coast, Bay FM and been involved in local festivals and creative industries. Sarah is passionate about environmental and social justice issues.

Cr. Alan Hunter


  • Telephone0428 657 549
  • Alternate Phone02 6684 7259
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  • ProfileCr Hunter has been a Councillor with Byron Shire Council since September 2012.

    Alan Hunter is a local farmer who has been married to Pauline for 43 years and has two daughters and five grandchildren.

    His family chose to move to Byron Shire in 2004 where they run cattle on acreage at Myocum and are regenerating their native forest.

Cr. Basil Cameron


  • Telephone0427 664 754
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  • ProfileBasil was admitted as a solicitor in 2007 and has been a representative with the Southern Cross University Students Representative Council, Community and Public Sector Union and the Department of Employment, Education and Training.

Cr. Jan Hackett


  • Telephone0481 117 747
  • Alternate Phone02 6680 8240
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  • ProfileJan Hackett was born in Lismore, now retired and living in Byron Bay. Her family were pioneers in the region, settling in Ewingsdale in 1887. She worked for the NSW Department of Education as a Visual Arts teacher, Head teacher, Visual Arts Consultant, Senior Education Officer and Exhibitions Officer (Artexpress). She also worked in curriculum design and assessment for many years.

Cr. Jeannette Martin


  • Telephone0412 322 255
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  • ProfileWith a family history in the Northern Rivers dating to before 1870 Jeannette came "home" to Mullumbimby in 2006. She has been actively engaged in community projects and holds a Diploma in Community Development and Governance for community organisations. She is passionate about connecting people to the natural world and each other and finding solutions to the issues we face now and in the future.

Cr. Paul Spooner


  • Telephone0434 771 510
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  • ProfilePaul is a graduate of economics and sociology who has managed community, cultural, legal and youth organisations.This is Paul’s second term on Byron Shire Council.