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April 15, 2021

Greens as a party

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SCU celebrates alumni achievements with awards

A group of Southern Cross University graduates who have made extraordinary global achievements in research, community building, healthcare and environmental issues have been acknowledged with the 2020 Alumni Impact Awards.

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The return of the prodigal son

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Essential businesses recognised

A sticker initiative, to say ‘Thank you’ and support local retailers’ doing it tough is adorning Mullum shops, owing in part to efforts by resident Angela Bambach.

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Council crews working hard to repair potholes

Tweed Shire Council road maintenance crews are out across the Tweed's road network repairing potholes and other damage caused by the recent prolonged rainfall and previous flood events.

The importance of talking about ovaries

Brother and sister clothing designers Camilla Freeman-Topper and Marc Freeman are, were 11 and 13 respectively when their mother died of ovarian cancer.

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With ‘affordable housing’ being the new catchcry in parts of the Northern Rivers, The Echo did a ring-around to find the cheapest rental living space in Byron Bay’s caravan parks and camping grounds.

Tom Tabart, Former Greens councillor

The letter from Louise Doran (24 March) has points that I as ‘the resident from Drysdale’ she addresses would have to agree with.

Yes the preselection of the current Greens councillors was hopelessly mismanaged and Byron has suffered the consequences of their being co-opted by Council staff, and lacking the knowledge and competence to break free.

This was largely owing to their own hubris but the control of Simon Richardson (whose party influence largely selected them) was a major factor.

Otherwise, I was saddened that Louise seeks to blame me and the Barham council for the loss of the Yelgun corridor to corporate greed. We fought long and hard against this development (check my letters in The Echo and local conservation groups) but were defeated by developer influence at the state level.

Also, I recall that over many years, Louise and I have usually been in general agreement over Byron issues and can only conclude that in criticising the Greens (a very different political party) she has another agenda.

And as for Greens party donations buying political influence: we do not accept money from businesses and have relied mainly on local fundraisers and (until now) federal electoral vote payments for funding.

As a founding member of the Byron Greens (1993) I am very aware of the constant parlous state of our finances and any political success has been a consequence of the unpaid work of our members and supporters.


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