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Lismore mayor left shaken after alleged assault

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Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell. (File pic)
Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell. (File pic)

A 44-year-old woman will appear in court in August charged with  assaulting Lismore’s mayor Jenny Dowell just prior to the Lantern Parade on Saturday.

The alleged assault took place around 3pm on the corner of Molesworth Street and Magellan Streets.

Cr Dowell said she had been listening to the woman’s concerns about the fluoridation of Lismore’s water supply.

‘I sat with her but for the first minute she just accused me of not listening (I was silent),’ Cr Dowell posted on Facebook.

‘I stood up and said I was going – she then followed me and harangued me up the street to my car then slammed the door against my head as I got into it. She shouted that I am a ‘f…ing bitch’, gave me the finger and left- I now have a sore ear and cheek- and I’m shaken.’

Cr Dowell reported the incident to police who arrested the 44-year-old woman a short time later in Carrington Street.

The Lismore mayor told ABC she had thought hard before approaching police.

‘I thought what would I advise someone else in this situation to do, so I did go to the police.’ She added it was ‘a pretty distressing incident.’

The woman was charged with common assault and will appear in the Lismore Local Court on 3 August

Meanwhile, the construction of four fluoride plants in the region is expected to be completed this month.

Fluoridated water will be supplied to most town water customers in the Ballina, Lismore and Richmond Valley Council areas.

The Ballina Shire Council has constructed a fluoride plant at Marom Creek Water Treatment Plant to supply fluoridated water to Wardell. The Richmond Valley Council township of Casino is already supplied with fluoridated water.

Fluoridated water will not be supplied to Byron Shires town water customers nor town water customers in Nimbin.

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  1. That’s the problem with so-called ‘environment protesters’, they turn violent even in speech, if they don’t get their own way.

    • I do not think that the protesters here are “environment protesters”.
      The protesters do not want a bio-accumulative toxic industrial waste injected into their drinking and cooking water.
      The environment is only affected after about 0.5% of the water is filtered through the body ( the human and pet bodies retain about 0.5% of the water), and 99% is flushed or poured down the drains.
      I think Jon is missing the point.

    • Shocking behaviour by the ‘alleged’ perpetrator, but statements like yours about ‘environment protestors’ is a totally false generalisation.

  2. For this to happen to anyone, is deplorable.

    For this to happen to arguably one of the finest politicians in our country, is highly concerning.

    Well done, choosing to report, and successfully having this sad case in police hands.

    We wish you a full recovery, both physically and emotionally.

  3. Several commenters (both pro- and anti-) have attempted to turn this discussion into a forum on fluoride. Under the circumstances that is entirely inappropriate.

  4. Using violence is utterly deplorable! Especially against an amazing woman like Major Jenny Dowell.
    This does bring about the frustration and the highly contentious nature of fluoride which is being forced onto
    the people who feel they have no voice.
    For heavens sake where is free speech?? Let Al Oshlack speak!

  5. My heart and support go out to Mayor Dowell.

    As a civil servant, she and others make the easy and difficult decisions that they were elected to make daily. This involves public health for the their families in their communities, whether it involves water fluoridation, safety of schoolchildren, immunizations, or a multitude of other decisions that affect the entire population.

    Kudos to Mayor Dowell. And the fullest extent of the law be applied to her attacker. This cannot and will not be tolerated.


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