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Master Mariner and community activist Bill Fenelon was announced this morning as the new candidate for the Tweed Greens.

Fenelon says having sailed across the globe he has seen it all and Tweed is the best place to be. ‘I’ve travelled around the world and have seen some amazing places, unique attractions and stunning natural landscapes but nothing beats the Tweed Valley.’

A long-time local and highly respected community activist, Bill says he is dedicated to serving and enriching the local communities of the Tweed.

Working as a Foreign Going Ship Master, Bill has seen the sharp edge of the business world. He says he knows the importance of jobs and a strong healthy economy, but says it must be sustainable, not just cheap exploitation of the environment. ‘As well as jobs and tourism, I stand for a strong education system, and will fight for affordable housing,’ he said in a press rase sent out this morning.

Fenelon settled permanently in the Tweed in 2009, and has been a passionate campaigner on local issues ever since. ‘I decided to “swallow the anchor”, and get involved in community issues.’

Describing himself as a vocal activist and environmentalist, Fenelon supports the re-location of the planned Tweed Hospital in a bid to protect prime agricultural land and preserve the village atmosphere of Kingscliff and the Tweed Coast. He is also leading the campaign to save the Tweed’s railway, advocating a retention of rail lines, reinstatement of rail services including linking it to the Gold Coast, along with the creation of rail-trail cycleways.

In recent times, Bill re-introduced sailing as a sport on the Tweed River by starting a not-for-profit sailing club to mentor youth. He is the Club Commodore and has developed a programme to enable those with disabilities to partake in sailing activities. ’I am committed to engaging with the community to bring their concerns to the NSW Parliament,’ he says. ‘Time and again our community campaigns have clashed with a bureaucracy determined to promote profit for the benefit of a few against the overwhelming wishes of the community.

‘For example, exploitation of ground water, rampant logging of native vegetation, ripping up our rail tracks, and inappropriate developments such as the Cudgen hospital site.’

Bill says he represents the voice of the community, and his candidacy seeks to end greed, profiteering and the destruction of our unique, pristine environment. ‘We need someone who will stand up for all the right reasons. The Tweed is the best place in the world, and I’m dedicated to ensuring it stays that way!’

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  1. Well, sorry Bill Fenelon will lose votes. Katie Milne is the only person who will increase votes for the Greens.
    Congratulations Geoff Provest on winning the seat of Tweed next March yet again for another four years.
    When the Greens fall away Labor also fails as Labor needs the Green vote.

  2. The Tweed is in need. The very first words for a Greens candidate should be about The Tweed. Bill Fenelon goes on about sailing around the world. He is in deep water. That will not get him votes in Tweed. The issues are the Hospital and taking water from the water table. They are the issues on the table and that means it is not going to be plain sailing for our consumption whatever way you cut the cloth. The Tweed’s economy has grounded, is dirt cheap and in the mud heap with empty shops and where business is failing and we have no railway to train on. That train is a sleeper so Bill Fenelon better get on that track and put a green shirt on because the rust has protected the iron on that track, and let’s get that iron in the blood for our anaemia and strike while the iron is hot.

  3. Good on you Bill, good to see some common sense coming, you have started on a hard road but with the others missing the points yo should have success.
    Good luck.

  4. I’m heartened to hear of Bill Fenelon’s candidacy for the Greens in the Tweed. We are in desperate need for honesty and transparency in our Shire and Bill is someone who’s ready to push back on dodgy developers and decision makers who put greed, profit and nepotism ahead of community wishes and our precious environment. Water mining for the plastic water bottle industry needs to stop; our native forests need to be protected and dodgy back room deals need to be exposed. Go Bill! Go the Greens! We believe in you!

  5. Thank you, Bill, for letting the community know who you are, what you have done, and what you stand for. You have a very impressive list of credentials from which I have no doubt the Tweed will benefit if you are elected. But most of all, you are a caring passionate genuine person who will not sit back and accept the injustices in the world. Bill has been campaigning tirelessly to bring back the trains, to save state significant farmland at Cudgen and to stop water mining. He is a committee member of the Tweed Shire Council Coast River Management Committee, Fingal Head Community Association, Tweed Dune Care and Northern Rivers Guardians. He is also President of TOOT (Trains on Our Tracks) and regional representative of NRRAG (Northern Railway Action Group). Bill is a good friend of mine whom I know will unselfishly represent the community and keep the Tweed Green.

  6. I voted Green Party before getting off-grid solar power. It is so difficult and costly that it is clear the folk who want to push renewables are unaware of the huge costs and unreliability.

  7. It’s a pity Bill thinks the hospital will be built in Kingscliff. It’s Cudgen, Bill. You probably think it doesn’t matter but it does to Cudgen folk.

    • Hi Marion, thanks for keeping the story to the point, but I was referring to the damage to the Coastal village style of Kingscliff, how this large development close by would impact on it.
      I did mention in the second paragraph
      ” “and inappropriate developments such as the Cudgen hospital site.” “

  8. Next year’s State election really is a no-brainer.
    You can re-elect the Nat’s invisible yesman Provest and be either screwed over or ignored by the COALition for another four years.
    You can elect Labor’s Elliott and then the ALP will completely control local politics with Mrs. Elliott at Federal level, Mr. Elliott at NSW level, and Byrnes holding the balance of power on council.
    Or you could vote Greens, elect Bill Fenelon and have a man of integrity represent you in the knowledge that the Greens don’t take donations from coal, gas, oil or watermining corporations.
    Isn’t it time for a positive change, Tweed?

    • You can vote for the Greens who will try and will install a diesel powered train that won”t go where people need ot travel or for Labor which will provide a comprehensive network of road based public transport with the capability of running 100% renewable powered electric buses. Vote for the Greens and commit to dirty diesel rail for the foreseeable future or open the way to 100% renewable travel for the price of a a bus ticket. Its your choice and your vote. .

  9. Greens candidate for Lismore refers to the rail corridor as the only valuable transport infrastructure in our region, and the Greens in the Byron Shire have shown how little value they put on what is plainly a far more valuable transport network, our roads. Fenelon is a well know advocate of bringing back the trains toour area. When I wrote pointing out that 100% renewable electric road transport is already available and that the demographic and geographic information that shows the train does not serve households that need public transport needs Fenelon was unable to respond.

    Today Nationals MLC Ben Franklin announced funding for a cycle way from Suffiolk Park into the Bay. It is pretty easy to see how out of touch comparatively the Greens are with sustainable transport issues . They have no interest in delivering more sustainable transport options using the the only transport network across our region, let alone maintaining or improving that network.

    Anyone who uses and values the road network, who wants realistic and affordable sustainable transport options using it, and who does not want all our region’s roads to go the way of the Byron Shire’s should consider preferencing Greens like Fenelon last.

    • Peter, you don’t know how the Byron to Suffolk cycleway project came about and who championed it. While we are very grateful to have Ben Franklin’s support, to give him credit for the entire project is a complete misinterpretion of events. Ask Geoff Bensley.

  10. Good on you Bill. You seem to be just the right type of person representing the people of the Tweed
    Just don’t spread yourself too thin over too many issues

  11. I have worked beside Bill on reinstalling the train ..being a labour supporter all my life l am sad to say next election l.wont be ..wasnt sure about the greens either deffently not the Nationals. So l was in no mans land ..
    Then l worked beside Bill for the last couple of years ..l listened to what Bill had to say and what he is passionate about .. I found Bill loves and wants to take care of this area as much as l do ..
    It changed how l seen the greens .
    Bill is just an ordinary person doesnt own big company’s or business .
    But he cares for this area look at all the groups he is on takes a lot of his time for free .. And everything hes a member of he puts passion and time into dont know where he gets his energy from but he cares and everyone on those groups speak highly of him
    The other parties have let us down again and again ..let’s give Bill a go we have nothing to lose and a lot to gain ..

    • Well said Juliann…Bill’s having a go, something that those who so easily criticize don’t have the guts to do. It’s so easy to sit on the sidelines & moan rather than get up and make a difference!
      Go Bill!!!

  12. Spent a day last month on Terranora Creek/Tweed River with my family and some overseas friends. It was meant to be a quiet, relaxing day on the river but was ruined by the relentless noise and wake caused by jet skis zooming past non-stop all day. I hope Bill’s not-for-profit sailing club does not suffer from the same bombardment. Like 4wds in a National Park, they ruin the amenity of the waterway. What can we do about them Bill?


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