16.9 C
Byron Shire
March 5, 2021

Byron Greens at a watershed

Latest News

Byron Wildlife Hospital’s DA up for public comment

A development application for the mobile Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital is now before the public.

Other News

The amazing world of seeds

Hilary Bain If it wasn’t for seeds and plants, we humans, along with all the animals, birds and insects would...

Croquet club gets new turf as it prepares to host NSW championship

The Byron Bay Croquet Club is ready for another big year that includes new turf, hosting a state championship and building on last year’s membership growth.

Heritage Bruns?

David Kolb, Brunswick Head When Mathew O’Reilly spoke to Council regarding heritage listing for parts of Brunswick Heads he was quoted...

Interview with Janet Swain

Janet Swain is 14. She’s in love with the tragic and brilliant cellist Jacquleine DuPré. But one day her mother arrives home with a bassoon.

Action on Cumbalum Interchange at Ballina?

Following multiple community requests, Cr Phillip Meehan brought a motion to the last Ballina Council meeting calling for additional ramps to be built at the Cumbalum-Pacific Motorway interchange.

Interview with Claire Atkins from SHIT

I saw SHIT last year and I was blown away. Incredible script. Incredible acting.

If the Byron Greens continue along this path of pragmatism, if its councillors remain divided, the rich and powerful developers will win. The electorate will lose. The political differentiation will diminish and the ideological foundations of the green movement of the northern rivers will succumb to mass ignorance.

For almost 226 years this continent has been beaten and bruised and poisoned with unsustainable farming, manufacturing and mining. In all these years the Greens have been the only political voice successfully protecting and regenerating the very land that Australians apparently take pride in. The influential Byron Greens are at the fore of this movement, located in one of the most naturally beautiful regions in the country and being the voice of some of the most environmentally aware citizens. The Byron Greens are also a vulnerable mob.

With only one longstanding member (Duncan Dey) aside from Simon Richardson standing for the last council preselection, we were eager to fill the positions vacated by Jan Barham, Tom Tabart and Richard Staples – perhaps too eager. We need a continuous stream of committed and serious Greens bubbling up from our great voter base looking for political experience and careers. We need authentic champions of green ideology. Without real support we will be left in limbo. This council’s term is a watershed episode for local environmental concerns, integrity concerns and for the future of green politics in the region.

Kris Budden, assistant treasurer, Byron Greens


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Tweed Council staff’s delegated powers debated

The question of what staff and councillors get to decide in relation to development applications was raised by Tweed Councillor Ron Cooper at the last Tweed Shire Council meeting.

Supporting independent news or making fat cats fatter?

The recent skirmish between Facebook and the government is hard to miss, even if you rely on Facebook for your news. But what does it all mean?

Koala groups lobby Tweed MP Geoff Provest for action

Local koala groups have been taking action to protect NSW koalas by meeting with Tweed State Member of Parliament, Geoff Provest seeking his support for action on koala protections and asking him not to support the koala killing legislation his government are putting forward.

Leadership lost

Paul Leitch, Ewingsdale Thanks to Hans Lovejoy for commenting on the proposed Ewingsdale Development (24 February). It is worthwhile noting that with the absence of clear...