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April 16, 2021

Byron Greens councillors missing in action over WWI trees

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The descendants of those whose forefathers fought at Gallipoli and on the Western Front should be publicly outraged by Byron Shire Council’s decision not to recognise the WW1 Memorial Pine Park in the Terrace, Brunswick Heads as a war memorial.

It would appear that the local Brunswick-Billinudgel RSL’s executive, putting NSW Crown Holiday Parks Trust’s business interests ahead of our heritage, were successful in lobbying Councillor Sarah Ndiaye and the Greens in particular, to downgrade the land and pines to a lesser status as a ‘place of reflection and remembrance’.

Already listed with the NSW State Library as a war memorial, as an Avenue of Honour with Tree-net and on the National Trust of Australia, the local RSL’s position is in opposition to the Far North Coast District Council’s unanimous vote, November 2014 to recognise avenues of trees as war memorials. At that meeting the Brunswick-Billinudgel RSL abstained from voting.

With the exception of Crs Coorey, Spooner and Hackett, councillors’ decision is an appalling indictment of how far our elected representatives have removed themselves from their constituents.

 Patricia Warren, Brunswick Heads


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  1. I m very outraged that our forefathers sacrifice will be so disrespectfully downgraded to a ” place of reflection and remembrance.” More to the point, perhaps Byron Shire should find a place of reflection to contemplate the appalling decisions by the Greens and Councillor Ndiaye in particular.

  2. Patrick

    Your comments are carefully made and apt, and Sue you anger is understandable. I had uncles who were the sons of pioneers on the Tweed and went to WW 1, and one was gassed and never fully recovered. Another aunt lost her beloved in the war and she too never recovered from the loss. It was a an horrific war that scarred our nation and our area. Every time I see a country war memorial I read its list of the dead – often the same surnames two and three times repeated. Because we choose not forget those who died in war does not mean we celebrate or condone it. Those who by their actions or their negligence allow our memorials to be destroyed vandalise part of our area’s history.


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