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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Some much needed perspective and consolation from our wonderful Greens NSW MP Cate Faehrmann...Like many of you, I’m devastated we didn’t get a change of government last night. The Coalition has sailed back into office on the back of people’s fear and self-interest fuelled by media, mining and real estate million/billionaires determined to maintain the status quo aka their wealth and privilege. It is truly awful.

But remember that millions rejected that too and voted for positivity, change and action on climate change.

The Greens campaigned hard on a message of hope and a future for all of us and people responded in droves.

Our vote has increased across the country. We look to have held our Senate seat in every state, including right here in NSW with an increased vote for the wonderful Mehreen Faruqi. Jordon Steele-John in WA almost got a quota in his own right and will return to the Senate to keep being an inspirational voice for people living with disabilities. Larissa Waters and Sarah Hanson-Young both smashed it with increases of 4.87% in Qld and 5.92% in SA. It looks like Nick in Tassie and Janet in Vic are comfortably returned and Adam in Melbourne has increased his margin once again.

So while today we are speechless, angry, gutted, numb, that we didn’t get a change in government I’m finding hope in the fact that the Greens are stronger than ever before. Thanks to the dedication and hard work of so many of you the Greens will continue to be there in the Senate and in the House of Reps as the voice for all who care deeply about our planet and *all* people, including future generations.

It’s also safe to assume that a lot of young people voted Greens yesterday, many for the first time. We need to keep them voting Greens at the next election and the next and the one after that. We need them to know their vote is powerful.

So in a few days let’s pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and show them what we can achieve together. And if you’re not already a part of our movement:

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