Cr Sarah Ndiaye, Mullumbimby
Thank you to those within the Greens who supported me in the recent pre-selection, and congratulations to Duncan Dey on his win.
Affirmative action is a cornerstone principle of the Greens party. It helped us to see Jan Barham, and many other women, elevated within the structures of the political paradigm. The details of its application were voted on by the Byron Greens prior to the pre-selection process, almost unanimously, with just one dissenting voice. The gap between Matthew O’Reilly’s vote and my own equates to seven of 129 people who put him first, and me last, not the 46 in John Anderson’s public submission to Council.
Given the relentless attacks, leaks, and narrative of discontent manufactured and perpetuated by some, and the smear campaign and calls-to-arms by the editor of this paper, I feel like that’s an incredible result. Clearly there has been some division within the Greens, but this is a ticket we can work with.
While I generally seek to ignore his destructive antics, I will not be perturbed or shamed by a hostile, irrelevant, curmudgeon with too much time on his hands. I’ve worked hard and am proud of the things we have achieved in this term of council.