8.8 C
Byron Shire
April 23, 2021

Green history before the Greens

Latest News

East Ballina Lions desperately needs new members

East Ballina Lions Club has given over thirty years of service to numerous community programs and initiatives, but if it doesn't get more members soon, it will have to close.

Other News

Your Local Club Academy Games

The North Coast Academy of Sport prepared its largest squad ever to compete at the 2021 Your Local Club Academy Games, held in the Hunter region last weekend.

Upside down river

Richard White, East Ballina I was going to deride the various government departments and agencies (DPI, DPE, OEH, EPA etc) that...

MardiGrass is on and Nimbin is ready to roll

The recent cancellation of Bluesfest sent a shiver up the spine of MardiGrass host Michael Balderstone, as visions of the same fate awaiting the annual protest at Nimbin came too close for comfort.

Yamba restaurants

I’m often asked about Yamba, one of our favourite holiday spots over the last 20 years. With a great range of beaches, walks, tennis courts, skate parks and accommodation etc it’s been great for the kids growing up, and they still love it. Plus, it’s now only 90 minutes’ drive from Mullumbimby.

Government bullying and hidden agendas

Frank Ball, Tweed Heads The treatment of Christine Holgate while CEO of Australia Post is nothing short of scandalous. Not only...

Local youth among those hardest hit by housing affordability crisis

A 20 per cent spike in rents is driving an increase in youth homelessness across the North Coast, the organisers of a national campaign to end homelessness say.

Nadine Hood, Bangalow.

For the historical record, there were antecedents to the 1993 formation of the Byron Greens, which Tom Tabart states was the beginning of the Greens in this area.

There were wide-ranging discussions involving many people over several years to establish a Tweed-Byron Green organisation in the late 1980s.

I went to three of these meetings.

The first, in a Mullum hall, was without any concrete outcome. The next very well attended gathering was in the Nimbin Town Hall. I facilitated that meeting, and travelled across to Nimbin with Ian Cohen.

The third occurred on a long sweaty day in a country hall near Wollumbin.

These meetings were protracted and involved many people talking about what they thought we should embark upon. All this happened before mid 1990.

These are merely the events I attended. There were others.

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.


  1. What I think you are trying to say Nadine is that the Green movement in this area comprises a group of individuals, and they are so individual, light green, dark green, lighter green, darker green, blackish green, a shade lighter than blackish green and mottled green that they are resistant in coming together to form a united front as an individual group to go forward.
    Forward. What direction is that for a green? When the word “forward” is said in the Greens everyone disperses in all directions in the belief they are stepping forward, Twenty years ago I used to belong. Now I prefer my own company and talk to myself.

  2. Sorry Nadine what you say is doubtlessly true but so what?
    The full history is much more colourful but also long.
    Before the Tweed Byron formation coming out of the 93 federal election and during this election was the Richmond Clarence Greens a separately registered green party claiming branches in Byron, Lismore, Tweed and Nimbin. his group was run by Al Oshlack as his personal fiefdom. The Tweed Byron group affiliated with the new Greens NSW party during the election due to differences with Al. The Richmond Clarence Greens kept their party registration until after the next state election where they ran against the Tweed Byron group, they were finally deregistered due to lack of numbers.
    Al continues to do good work with other organisations and has displayed great personal skills and courage with some success in campaigns such as the Iron Gates development at Evans Head .


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Exciting lineup for 2021 Bangalow Music Festival

Southern Cross Soloists (SXS) yesterday unveiled a stellar Bangalow Music Festival program for August 2021. The theme for the 19th festival is 'music’s inexhaustible joie de vivre'.

Pickleball taking off in Ballina

Combining elements of tennis, badminton and table tennis, pickleball is the fastest growing sport in the USA. Recently the 'Ballina Picklers' travelled to Sydney to compete in the NSW Pickleball Championship Open.

Understand climate?

Peter Olson, Goonengerry Have you noticed it getting a bit chilly at night recently? Do you think we will have a mild ‘global warming winter’, or...

Fast Buck$ ejected from Byron Council meeting

During this morning's Byron Shire Council meeting a dispute between the Mayor Simon Richardson and local activist and agitator Fast Buck$ over the pronunciation of Cr Sarah Ndiaye's name led to the meeting being suspended.