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The voting block formed by the ‘gang of four’ Independents should be a clear signal to the electorate that a concerted effort is underway to unseat the Byron Greens.

Byron Shire you are under attack by a smokescreen of niceties, greenwash and fantasies. Some of these characters, like former Greens Michael Lyon and Simon Richardson, we already know. We have been subjected to their arrogance, authoritarianism and deceptions with a Council given over to the administration and the likes of former General Manager, Ken Gainger, intent on turning Byron Bay into Coolangatta.

But who are the others? Look how they are working together, what is behind this? What you see in Byron Shire today is largely the legacy of over 25 years of the local Greens, formed under a set of agreed principles formulated to protect the environment and support social justice and grassroots democracy etc.

If it turns out members do not measure up to some of these ideals, for whatever reason, then the organisation responds; The Greens are far more than the individual and are dedicated to giving a voice to the environment. The Greens are evolving and remaining committed to the long run. Representatives may come and go, but the Byron Greens remain strong, their ideals have never been more relevant. Keep your standards Byron Shire and stay Green, don’t be seduced by show ponies, expedient businessmen, careerists or corporate-backed political parties.

Paul Jones, Byron Bay

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  1. Thank you for your past history of the GREENS and their increasing bad administration of Byron over the years. Their legacy is nothing more than potholes and a total lack of vision for the Shire .

    But , that was then , this is NOW .

    The GREENS are in real trouble in this election because the majority of Voters in Byron have had enough of them and their NEGATIVITY .

    They have compounded this situation by listening to a tiny , but very noisy , minority on social media as well as what the ECHO prints in an effort to boost their shrinking support at Local Government level .

    The proof however , is in their current offering for Council . The only palatable Candidate , and female , the put into the un-electable 4th spot , initially . Party Rules made her the 2nd Candidate ,It was NOT decision of the fossilised membership of the local Greens .

    Gender equality anyone , best heard but not practised in Mullum !

    So the GREEN Luddites presents the Shire with DUNCAN and the Fossils !
    NO HOPE at all !

    That’s why the GREENS are on the nose in this Election , a fact that no rewriting of history or sleight of hand, can hide .


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