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April 23, 2021

Duped by Cr Wanchap

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Rod Murray, Ocean Shores

I wish to add my voice to those calling for Byron shire councillor Rose Wanchap to resign.

This woman was deceptive in gaining a position of trust and responsibility on the council.

I voted for for her on the basis that she would support environmental issues to the council yet I and other voters have clearly been duped.

How can the so called Green Party sit back and be silent when the reputation and history of the organisation has been exploited for her own personal agenda. And one wonders about other outside influences as well.

Why is she still on the council?  Why is there no legal recourse when voters have been so blatantly misled?

The Green Party is seeming to lack any guts and fast becoming a laughing stock.


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  1. Hi Rod, I’m aware that the local Greens did try very hard to sit down and work with Rose when she decided to go rouge, but she seems to have her own agenda.

    She is no longer a member of the Greens party and unfortunately, there is no legal way to remove her from office, even if she defects to being an independent, as she has done. Just like Jacqui Lambie did to the Palmer Party.

    It’s a real shame that Rose decided to betray the Greens as well as the Byron Shire community.

  2. There is no disputing Rose Wanchap has betrayed the Greens. However the mistake was made by members of Byron Greens who actually nominated and voted for her candidacy. Despite having over 100 members, many don’t participate in the ballot and others vote without making the effort to meet and scrutinize the candidates.

    Unlike the major political parties, members of the Greens have the privilege of nominating and selecting our candidates. However we’re often struggling to find people willing to take up the poorly remunerated and thankless task of representing The Greens on Council.

    As a relatively new political party, we haven’t established the nepotism and cronyism of the major parties and don’t have the corporate backers who can parachute their puppets into positions of influence. Perhaps Rose was a patsy for other less ethical players!

    We’ve had plenty of ‘independent’ duds before – candidates who presented themselves as guardians of the environment but quickly turned into friends of the development lobby. Clearly it’s up to the punters, to scrutinise the candidates and make sure their vote goes to the right person – it’s so easy to be an armchair critic in hindsight.

    If you really want to save this planet from the rapacious greed and wanton destruction inflicted by the supporters of the major parties, then you need to put a lot more time and energy into transforming our politics so we get effective, powerful green advocates into our parliaments. With so many critics out there, why don’t you nominate and take on the job yourselves.

  3. I joined the Byron Greens for a while but the eltitism of the party here gave me room to pause. The fact that they would have even considered a real estate agent as a member let alone a candidate shows that the Greens are pretty naive when it comes to political strategy and has been hijacked by political correctness and moneyed middle class yuppies.. They also tend to alienate people like myself by marginalising them when and if they challenge Greens policies and lack of policy in some areas, such as the odd contradiction of having s sustainable ecological policy while promoting mass tourism. It is almost akin to a union closed shop mentality. For example when I brought up the issue of the amount of airline emissions that tourists who flock to Byron create on Simon Richardson’s facebook page I was pounced upon, being called all sorts of silly names and basically derided for my input. Simon himself seems to be a bit of a controlling freak and many people consider him pretty weak on many issues. Being called passive aggressive and negative all the time by silly people who have really little idea about politics gets a bit tedious after a while too.


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