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The Greens team for the Council election has a problem with the inclusion of Sarah Ndiaye, the preferred successor of Simon Richardson, and his unwavering supporter.

Richardson, you may recall, publicly scorned effective governance, alienating many long-time Greens supporters. Major concerns such as the failing water and sewage system and the 4Corners-exposed rubbish-running-racket to Queensland were ignored or minimised as too hard for the staff.

Other Richardson collaborators have moved on. The ‘lucky’ Greens have kept the services of Cr Ndiaye, but I fail to understand how they managed to ignore her Council record and accept her nomination, let alone contrive to promote her to number two in their voting order. (The ‘affirmative action’ system that advantaged Ndiaye has been largely abandoned at local government level in the Greens.)

The real irony is that Matthew O’Reilly, the only Greens candidate to have thoroughly prepared, and who has the qualities to be a very effective councillor, has been elbowed aside by this ‘accommodation’ and will probably miss out. Voters can still support Matthew by numbering below the line on the ballot.

I was disappointed that the politically experienced members of the team opted to hold their nose and look the other way.

I am expecting my AVO in the mail.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. The Green’s aren’t a fractured Party, being run by fossils , are they ?

    They are asking the voters of Byron to support an un-electable Mayoral Candidate and his ‘ Team ‘ .

    Nuh !

    Vote for Independents this election and leave this sort of historical in-fighting for the political parties like the Greens and the ALP .

  2. Thanks to Simon Richardson and his other Green crew for finally getting some much needed infrastructure projects completed .
    No thanks to the blinkered deep green members of the Byron Environment Centre who won’t listen to the majority residents of Byron Bay who love the fantastic projects completed under Mayor Simon .
    The deep greens are a dying race who won’t listen to what people want , they only listen to their own voices sitting in a circle with reverberated nonsense getting spoken .
    Tom your never ending dribble from far off Victoria is wearing thin .

  3. In the words of the great Roy and HG “what an arse clown”. What a miserable bitter twisted narcissistic boring irrelevance you are Tom the fart. In your infinite ignorance you spout bile and confusion and mixed messages in the vain hope someone remembers you and god forbid pays attention to you. You whinge and whine about someone as if they shattered all your precious dreams. Pathetic. Not a single positive promotion of the party you apparently represent. I suggest you are the biggest hurdle they have got to being re-elected. Stay indoors Tom, don’t touch anything just let time pass you by and pretty soon it will all be over.

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