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Council ‘blocs’ block progress

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Laurie Lynch, Byron Bay

Retiring councillor Tom Tabart has obviously become very confused by the recent campaign and by his quest searching out conspiracies.

Re Luis Feliu’s report (Echonetdaily, September 13), Tom is quoted as saying ‘… The result meant the Greens–progressives bloc… ‘: an interesting conjunction of words: ‘Greens’, ‘progressives’ and ‘bloc’.

Tom has not come to the realisation during the progress of the recent campaign and from the result that the ‘bloc’ has been one of key issues against which many voted! It appears he wants this negative practice to continue into the new council, as evidenced from his correspondence in the same issue.

As for ‘Greens–progressives’, it screams in the face of the many in our shire who ‘… just want (something) to happen!’ and who are totally bored with sitting in the traffic queues most days or who are horrified when they use the public toilets in Byron Bay. Tom has forgotten a ‘conservative’ is by definition ‘averse to change’.

Retire gracefully, Tom, having made your substantial contribution to local government. Welcome Mayor Richardson and the eight councillors. Keep to the much-quoted ‘desire to serve the whole community(ies)’. We look forward to your collective vigour!


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  1. Leaving semantics and Laurie’s confused syntax aside. Whatever each of us considers ‘progressive’ or ‘conservative’ will vary. What matters is saving the Shire and the planet.
    So don’t relax Laurie I am still out there. Apart from that I never said it.


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