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August 5, 2021

Tom Tabart and Sarah Ndiaye

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I fail to see what part of Tom Tabart’s recent letter (2 June) to The Echo regarding Sarah Ndiaye’s AVO against Fast Buck$ is sufficiently provocative or hurtful to merit the extraordinarily vitriolic response from Sarah (9 June).

As Tom reminds us, he served two terms on Council and was an active member – as well as co-founder – of the Byron Greens. Tom remained faithful to the principles on which he’d been elected, and is a person of integrity, also great kindness. He deserves to be remembered with respect and I find Sarah’s denunciations offensive.

It’s disheartening to see local political debate descend to this level of personal nastiness. I hope people will think carefully before they cast their votes at the next Council election.

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  1. THe local Greens are ripping themselves to bits .

    The luddites have taken over the party and the result is their offering for the forthcoming Council Election .

    Utterly unelectable in the main , especially the mayoral candidate . The only one with any talent is Sarah Ndiaye and she should be the only one of them elected this September .

    Interested , she is the last Green’s councillor left from the last Election who is still a member of the Greens.

    The others have either retired and resigned from the Greens ,just resigned or didn’t renew their membership of the Party .

    Not a good look for the Greens but an excellent reason to vote for Independents in the forthcoming Election.

  2. While hardly being a supporter of Sarah Ndiaye, Tom Tabart screwed the community at Main Arm re the Regenesis/Main Arm Village Re-Zoning and didn’t care at all for the community’s views there, in fact he was dismissive of any of our concerns. That is one reason why I personally left the valley after almost forty years.
    Also as with Jan Barham, it fitted in with their Green Party agenda. They were more concerned with getting behind a development that they perceived as being ‘green’ than examining the true nature of the development and its impact on the Main Arm community.
    The full horror is now unfolding. It was truly ‘un-Green’. They should hide their faces in shame at what they did.


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