Byron Greens

 

Democracy · Ecological Sustainability · Social & Economic Justice · Peace & Non-violence

Byron Greens meetings for members:

Byron Greens members meet on the 2nd Tuesday of each month starting february 2018

at MARVELL HALL, 37 Marvell Street, Byron Bay.

Arrive at 6.30pm for a 7 pm start. Hot drinks are available but byo snacks!

About Byron Greens

Around the North Coast there are many vibrant environment groups, human rights groups and social justice groups. The Greens, as the third force in Australian politics, embrace and support all progressive forces within society.

Byron Greens has a strong presence in the NSW Greens scene. We have a lot of input into Greens policies and healthy representation on state working groups and committees. Our members are also active within the Australian Greens. Wherever members’ interests lie, whether at local, state or federal level, or indeed at an international level, we have the means to give them a meaningful involvement in the political process.

Byron Shire Greens Mayor and Councillors, with Tamara Smith MP for Ballina and Dawn Walker MLC, Northern Rivers Spokesperson, representing us at State level, are all working hard to build better communities.

The Greens team on Byron Shire Council, L-R:
Sarah Ndiaye, Jeannette Martin, Michael Lyon & Mayor Simon Richardson

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Simon Richardson

Simon Richardson

Mayor

Simon is a resident of Federal. He is married with two children. His goal is to support the youth of the Shire to have a voice and a place within the overall vision of the Shire. With many challenges ahead, he is determined to provide leadership to ensure our Shire truly embraces sustainable living, working and social practises, while embracing the diverse and unique cultural flavour of the area.

Sarah Ndiaye

Sarah Ndiaye

Councillor

Sarah Ndiaye is a long time resident of the Byron Shire and currently works as a High School English and Drama teacher. A graduate of Southern Cross University and the Australian Film, Television and Radio School, Sarah has worked in local media at both ABC North Coast, Bay FM and been involved in local festivals and the creative industries. Sarah is passionate about environmental and social justice issues.

Jeannette Martin

Jeannette Martin

Councillor

Jeannette Martin is a community development worker, member of the Mullumbimby Chamber of Commerce and the founder of Mullumbimby Community Gardens. Currently she is engaged in the new Mullum Master Plan and the future of the Mullum hospital site. She is passionate about ensuring improved collaboration between community groups, individuals and Byron Shire Council. Jeannette was elected to council in 2016.

Michael Lyon

Michael Lyon

Councillor

Michael Lyon completed degrees in law, commerce and an accounting qualification. He moved to Byron in 2009 and has been the general manager of Santos Organics since 2012. Michael joined the Byron Greens in 2012 and was elected to council in 2016 on a platform that included supporting the localisation of agriculture, the clean-up of waterways and transparency in decision-making.

Phone: 0435 646 365

Tamara Smith

Tamara Smith

MP for Ballina

Tamara Smith MP for Ballina. She is the first Greens member of the Legislative Assembly in the Northern Rivers and took the seat from the Nationals in 2015.

Dawn Walker

Dawn Walker

MLC

Dawn Walker MLC was elected to the NSW Legislative Council in March 2017. She lives at Fingal Heads and is a member of Tweed Greens. She holds the portfolio for the North Coast.

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19 hours ago

Byron Greens

Bring on elections all round...and away with the lot of them!...I'm disgusted that tonight the NSW Government forced legislation through the Parliament that would allow the flooding of 4700 hectares of World Heritage Blue Mountains National Park.

The community now is left with no choice. If you want to save the Blue Mountains National Park, the wild rivers that run through it, the animals that rely on it and the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage throughout - the campaign is going to need to be as big as the campaign to save the Franklin.

The over-riding of the state's National Parks and Wildlife Act in order to facilitate the raising of the Warragamba Dam wall is disgraceful.

The Environmental Assessment for the project has not been completed and consideration of other options for flood management and water security has not been adequate and expert opinion seems to have been ignored.

How members of the Government felt they had enough information to vote for this legislation is beyond me.

The short inquiry held by the Legislative Council committee only raised more questions about the process.

I moved on behalf of the Greens to hold a longer inquiry. I also moved amendments to try to strengthen environmental controls around any flooding. The Labor Party supported our amendments. But our amendments all failed when the Christian Democrats and Shooters and Fishers voted with the Government.

The Greens will stand with the community to oppose this project and to protect Sydney's wild rivers and the World Heritage Blue Mountains National Park.
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1 day ago

Byron Greens

A huge week in NSW Parliament. Tune in to hear from Greens MP Cate Faehrmann

Cate Faehrmann
TUNE IN: it's been a huge week. Here's what I've been up to in parliament.
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