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August 6, 2021

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It seems that I may have touched a nerve in my attempt to give some background to Byron Greens history and the essential Fast Buck$ and his long history of campaigning.

Sarah Ndiaye’s prolixity has surpassed even that of her mentor, Simon Richardson. A long scatty tirade augmented by another through the auspices of Cr Martin and the promise of more to come this week.

Egad, Carruthers, pass my tin hat!

I would not attempt to engage with the detail of Sarah’s version of past events, merely observing that ‘she would say that wouldn’t she?’.

I would rather rely on my record on the Barham council, which was the last to seriously try to hold the line against rampant development and control staff behaviour – some may remember?

Buck$ was a trenchant critic of Jan for all this period, but we managed to survive without utilising the police in any context. I think Buck$ came to appreciate Jan after he experienced the new order.

I was once described as ‘riding shotgun’ for Jan over two Council terms, hardly the behaviour of the embittered misogynist Sarah would have you believe.

I admit that watching the switch to ‘don’t rock the boat’ and the ‘GM is my best mate’ stance has been galling for many of us who fought long and hard to preserve the social and environmental ecology of Byron. As Simon’s chosen protégé with little history, Sarah would not understand this.

Most of the preselected Greens for the coming election are experienced and knowledgeable, and although they are constrained from speaking out, it is my understanding that they are deeply uneasy that Sarah, the remnant of a very problematic ‘Greens’ administration, has managed to advance to a winning position over better-credentialed candidates.

I hope the [Byron] Greens get back in some strength in September, the Shire needs them. If Cr Ndiaye is among them you can look forward to division and more ill-judged decisions, possibly another phallic sculpture rising in the middle of Ewingsdale Road.

Tom Tabart

Former Byron Greens councillor

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