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March 1, 2021

Byron Community Centre an important part of our community

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Lisa Apostolides, Director BYT

Byron Community Centre (BBCC) is an important part of our community that provides many highly valued services.

For Byron Youth Theatre (BYT), BBCC has provided a way for us to apply for much-needed grants under their auspicing agreement. They have supported the company by providing community-rate access for us to deliver important accessible community forums and our production Broken on family and domestic violence as a White Ribbon event along with Public Act Theatre Company.

We greatly appreciate this support. It has meant we can continue to provide our service for young people here in the northern rivers.

Having read the recent article I feel curious and sad about why certain people want to defame the centre and the manager Paul Spooner.

I value transparency and kindness and this type of behaviour does not support it.

I am utterly confused why Lennox Head-based MP Catherine Cusack has taken it upon herself to use parliamentary privilege to accuse Paul Spooner and the community centre based on, what seems to be, only the stallholder Ian Brown’s views and ‘a few’ character references from fellow market stallholders.

What about the people who made the complaints about Mr Brown, were they asked about this? Why not call Paul and have a chat about it before making accusations? If there is a feeling that the Code of Conduct needs amending why not call Paul and have a chat about it?

For MP Catherine Cusack and Mr Ian Brown to accuse Paul Spooner of ‘bullying’ is ironic given how they themselves are now treating him and the community centre.

I hold a vision where many more people in this region become familiar with non-violent communication and seek to resolve their ‘issues’ by spending time with each other in dialogue. We can do this, we need to do this. Let us be the best we can be.

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