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.