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Local police have taken out an interim Apprehended Violence Order (AVO) against former Byron councillor John Anderson, following a series of incidents in which he allegedly intimidated and harassed the current deputy mayor, Sarah Ndiaye (Greens).

Mr Anderson – also known as Fast Buck$ – has also been banned by Council from entering the Council Chambers in Mullumbimby for 12 months.

But Mr Anderson strenuously denies the allegations, and says he intends to challenge the AVO when the matter heads to court.

The immediate catalyst for the order was an incident on May 13, when Mr Anderson allegedly approached Cr Ndiaye at the councillors’ table while the meeting was in progress.

According to the police statement of facts in relation to the matter, Mr Anderson came to within ‘about a foot’ of Cr Ndiaye.

‘She believed that the defendant was going to cause physical harm to her,’ the police claim.

Mr Anderson strenuously denies that this was his intention.

He was subsequently asked to leave the meeting and police were called when he refused to do so.

It is understood that Cr Ndiaye subsequently provided a statement to police about the incident, and other allegations of intimidation and harassment.

Police then elected to take out the interim AVO against Mr Anderson.

The statement of facts also describes a number of other alleged incidents in which Mr Anderson is said to have ‘intimidated’ or ‘harassed’ Cr Ndiaye.

This includes making offensive or threatening comments, and impeding her path as she entered the Council chambers and a local supermarket. 

According to the police statement, these incidents have caused Cr Ndiaye considerable mental and emotional distress. This includes feeling unsafe in her home.

Following a unanimously supported motion by Councillors at the May 13 Council meeting, Council has now also issued Mr Anderson with an order forbidding him from entering Council’s chambers and administration building in Mullumbimby.

The letter to Mr Anderson by GM Mark Arnold states that the order has been made because ‘over an extended period of time, you have consistently abused, harassed, threatened and intimidated councillors, particularly councillor Ndiaye’.

Mr Anderson said that he would contest the AVO and described the allegations as ‘a pack of lies’.

Cr Ndiaye told The Echo, ‘I’m grateful the police and Council are taking action – everyone deserves to feel safe in their workplace’.

Mr Anderson strenuously denied any suggestion that he had a history of violence.

‘I’d like to know who’s paying for this,’ he said.

The matter will return to court on June 7.


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7 COMMENTS

  1. I’m offended reading this from a computer screen that’s about a foot away from me, it could potentially hurt me from falling over, possible electrocution or long term retina damage… who knows.

    This has caused me considerable mental and emotional distress. This includes feeling unsafe in my home.

    Seriously…how easy is it to play that card nowadays? How would any such councillor go come election time, meeting their local constituents in the street, goodness… they might run into someone who doesn’t agree with them.

  2. Political correctness gone mad !!!

    Talk about over-reaction !

    I’ve known Bucks for several decades, and whilst he is known to be a pain in the arse to some, he is NOT a violent man.

    He IS a great defender of social and the environmental justice. He leaves the current bunch of Greens in shame when you look at his track record, that unfortunately is unknown to many of the new residents of our Shire.

  3. The GM confirms that there is no Council regulations about swearing or approaching Councillors in a Meeting, and it is down to the Mayor, which in these cases was the mayor that has been criticised and satyrised in the press by Fast Bucks, which seperate from any other issues, apears that those Fast Bucks removals may have been prejudiced. if you want to understand Cr Ndiaye’s take on “threatening”, then look at the Council web broadcast of the recent Meeting on the Bypass Final Report, where Cr Ndiaye’s criticised the protesters for threatening the police and compared that “threat to their workplace safety” to her threat from Bucks aproaching her at the Meeting. There were 3 protesters facing a bunch of burly police, 2 stood in the way of the bulldosers and were physically removed, and 1 Aboriginal women refused to let go of hugging a tree.

  4. Can’t be allowing anyone in that disagrees, especially someone with the knowledge and integrity of our very own FastBuck$?
    Especially with the council allowing inappropriate development, etc. Sad times for free speech.

  5. If the current Greens Council adhered to Green Policies then non of this would be happening! Indeed, we need ‘ballysy’ Councillors who can also inform Council Staff that they too stand by GREEN POLICIES. That is what the voters expect! Democracy has declined rapidly and the Cronies have had a joyous picnic as the Rates have soared and homelessness grew and grew. Where does the Democratic Will of the People stand in all of this?

    Furthermore, noted Green women addressing Council have been told by the two respective Mayors (Richardson and Lyon) to “Not speak” or “stick to their patch’ and not get involved …… Appalling. A blight on the Democratic process. Grass Roots Democracy being one of the fundamental Green policies.
    Principles have been totally dismissed by this Council culminating in the Ex Mayor’s final directive to Councillors to change Seafront Tourist Zoning to zoning which aids Seafront Residential Development (9 houses) at the Elements Resort on the sensitive Belongil Spit. No address was given to the decades of community resistance to Seafront development on this land (Club Med and Becton) by the ex-Mayor! Where is the Democratic value of Will of the People.? Where are the core Green values in this gesture.? We know the seas are rising, know the plight of future generations of all SENTIENT SPECIES. ….and how the Developing Cronies CONTINUE to smile. Where are Green Principles in all of this?
    Too much political backscratching by Power. Too many intrigues and slippery grins to the Public. Too much secrecy. A pathological disrespect to Democracy and to the Public and finally a total abuse of power by many (not all) in the whole process of governance. Enlightenment please.

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