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11 Questions – Simon Richardson

How long have you lived here?

SR – Since 1995, with a few years away to get a degree and meet my wife!

What’s your Day job?

SR – Councillor, Byron Shire Council and High School teacher of English, History and Geography.

What’s your idea of perfect happiness?

SR – Sleeping in past 8, great eggs and coffee, reading the paper,then the day on the beach with family.

Which living person do you most admire & why?

SR – Obviously the Dalai Lama and Mandela, however, my number 1 is Muhammed Ali. As an athlete, he was brilliant, however, as a person he was truly wonderful. He always spoke out for human rights, civil rights and the underdog-he was banned for years at the peak of his power for refusing to fight in Vietnam- as an icon of popular culture, no one else has come close to using media attention for a greater good.

What’s your greatest extravangance?

SR – Aside from going out for a lush meal in Byron with friends, an annual weekend in Brisbane, enjoying GOMA and the Valley. This was the hardest question, I am pathetically un-extravagant!

What do you most value in your friends?

SR – Making me laugh, being supportive, but speaking truth.

What is your favourite memory?

SR – Aside from the birth of my two girls and my wedding, probably making baked bean jaffles over the fire with my Dad.

What is your greatest passion?

SR – Trying to improve my community so we can continue to bring up our families, live within a healthy environment and live our dreams. Corny but true.

What’s your motto?

SR – I am my actions 

What is your favourite thing to do in Byron Bay?

SR – Late sunny, warm afternoon at Main Beach, making sand castles and walking along the shore, looking for shells with my 3 year old, Frida. My partner Jane loves it too, as she can get solo time reading a book in her beach chair!

Tell us something quirky that you do that you are happy to share?

SR – To eat a pie: I put sauce on top, then take the lid off, turn it upside down so the sauce covers the filling. Then I take the lid back off, eat the insides first, then eat the pastry, finishing with the lid- but everyone does that, don’t they?