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The Byron Environment Centre say they are sad to note the passing of Sharon Curry, who died on February 15, 2022.

Convenor Byron Environment Centre, John Lazarus, told The Echo, ‘Sharon has left this waltz of life, and now she dances on another plane. When she was Shire-new, she found her paddocks. Grew a forest. Served as nurse and midwife, bringing earthlings safely through.

‘She was Damian’s mother, wrapped in cloaks of love and value. She helped reforest Steiner land before the world went Cape Byron.

‘For 31 years, she led the BEC from its community heart, and nurtured the Shire’s health with grace and wisdom. She taught Earth restoration ways before we knew what to call them. She said No to Mackin Ways, yes to Wallum-saving in the Belongil.

‘No to Club Med and Becton, yes to Binyabutts and boardwalks. No to high-rise, and yes to pirate rotundas in the park. She was friend to the Earth, activist and protector. She was our mother, our accomplice, our beloved and trusted friend. She was Shaz, one and many, and loved by all. She will be sorely missed,’ said Mr Lazarus.

A gathering and planting to celebrate Sharon Curry’s life was held at the Cumbebin Boardwalk, next to the Butler Street Reserve.

John Lazarus said, ‘Sharon adopted this critical piece of town wetland decades ago, and coordinated its chemical free restoration project, removing weeds and replanting with natives.’

Vale Sharon Curry.

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  1. New Date 20th March – Friends of Sharon Curry, Memorial get together
    Due to the wet weather flood restrictions preventing many attending the previously advertised 2nd March date, the Byron Environment Centre will be holding a further gathering for the public on Sunday 20th March at the Cumbebin Boardwalk, next to the Butler St Reserve market ground loos. We’ll start at 9am with some memorial tree plantings . Then from 11am bring instruments and your stories of Sharon. We’ll remember Sharon and play in the wetlands she loved. If you knew her, please come.

  2. I met Sharon in Sydney in 1979. She was mother to our son. Everything said of her above is so true. The good do die young. So sad


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