Meet our Mayor and Councillors

Cr. Alan Hunter


  • Telephone0428 657 549
  • Alternate Phone02 6684 7259
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  • ProfileAlan Hunter has spent almost all his life on the land farming sheep, cattle and crops of various sorts including wheat, cotton, chickpeas, lentils and many others.

    Alan was appointed the inaugural chairman of the national peek industry governing body, Pulse Australia to lead, coordinate and plan for the legume group of crops known as pulses serving a term of 6 years.

Duncan Dey


  • Telephone0429 845 440
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  • ProfileDuncan has lived, worked and played in Byron Shire since 1994. His six years as a Councillor on two previous councils and his decades on many of Council's committees mean that he knows how Council works and how to get things done.

Asren Pugh


  • Telephone0400 959 617
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  • ProfileI have worked for social and environmental change my whole life and want to give back to my community. I'm currently finishing my Executive MBA. I currently live in the beautiful Bangalow with my family.

Role of the Mayor

The Mayor is one of nine Councillors who are elected for four years.  

It is the Mayor's role to:

  • be the leader of the council and a leader in the local community,
  • be the principal member and spokesperson of the governing body, including representing the views of the council as to its local priorities,
  • exercise, in cases of necessity, the policy-making functions of the governing body of the council between meetings of the council,
  • preside at meetings of the council.

A detailed summary of the role of the Mayor is on the NSW Legislation website.

Role of a Councillor

Councillors are the collective policy-makers of the Council. They represent their community to bring their views into the Council’s decision-making process. They also act as an advocate for residents in resolving concerns about Council services.  

It is the role of a councillor to:

  • be an active and contributing member of the governing body,
  • make considered and well informed decisions as a member of the governing body,
  • participate in the development of the integrated planning and reporting framework.

A detailed summary of the role of a councillor is on the NSW Legislation website.

Role of the General Manager

The General Manager is responsible for the operation of the Council's organisation and implementing the decisions of the Council.

It is the General Manager's role to:

  • Manage the council on a day-to-day basis and to direct staff.
  • Exercise functions delegated by the Council.
  • Appoint staff.
  • Implement the Council's equal employment opportunity management plan.

A list of the General Managers role and responsibilities is on the NSW Legislation website.


Councillor Support

02 6626 7171