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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12 hours ago

Byron Greens

These are refugee stories we don't get to hear enough of...such a touching story...Christmas Island is where I learnt the most valuable lesson of my life, the act of human kindness. I was asked to interpret for the Australian Federal Police while they intercepted a boat. One of the Deputies asked me, “when was the last time you spoke to your family?” I replied “just before I left Jakarta”. The Deputy told me that he was putting his job on the line, pulled out a satellite phone and asked me to sit on the ground. He told me to call my family.

To this day, I am truly grateful to this man. His decision changed my life and that of my mothers. I now live by the principle that should you ever get the chance to help someone, to do it, because you may never get another chance.

I’m Munjed Al Muderis, and this is my story.

As a young adult I very was happy living in Baghdad, Iraq working as a surgical resident until the moment when everything changed.

I was operating at Baghdad University Hospital when I was confronted with the most difficult decision of my life. Three busloads of army deserters arrived, escorted by republican guards and Ba’ath party members. We were ordered to abandon our patients and to start mutilating the soldiers by cutting their ears off.

Our Head of Department refused and was executed. I was told that if I shared the same view than I would face the same fate, death. I only had one choice, to flee.

A terrifying journey through several countries led me to board a leaky boat with 165 people vertically crammed like sardines.

I was eventually moved on from Christmas Island and detained for ten months at Curtin Detention Centre. This experience can only be described as inhumane, being stripped of my human identity and known as a number 982. As a consequence of speaking about human rights I was singled out as a troublemaker and detained in many Australian prisons. Western Australian prisons were like heaven in comparison to the Curtin Detention Centre.

I was finally released from Detention and managed to have my visa issued on 26 August 2000. On 1 November 2000, I received my first pay-cheque as a Doctor.

I worked hard to become an Orthopaedic Surgeon specialising in hip, knee and trauma surgery but my dream since the age of 12 (after watching the terminator) was creating half-human half-robots. I’ve now helped more than 500 patients through a robotic technology known as Osseointegration. An operation that inserts a metal implant directly into an amputee’s bone, which connects to an artificial limb system allowing patients to restore better mobility and quality of life.

In 2017, Prime Minister of Iraq Haider al-Abadi invited me to return to my birth country to receive an award for my achievements in Osseointegration. I was honoured. This became an opportunity to build relationships, reach out in kindness and to help those who have suffered at the hands of war and terrorism. I made it my mission to assist amputees, to change their lives for the better and to help the amputees of Iraq regain their independence.

Since 2017, I have returned five times operating on over 300 patients.

From the many experiences in my life I have learnt the importance of treating others how you want to be treated. I hope that one day we will live in a world that respects and tolerates each other no matter what our colour, religion, sex or race. To live in a world of kindness.

Munjed Al Muderis
Dr Kindness and Magic Maker 💫
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13 hours ago

Byron Greens

Some things can't wait Bunnings!...Yesterday saw a superb action come to Bunnings Brunswick : Bunnings, stop stocking native forests!!
They said they would stop in 2017, and now another extension has been granted???
Sadly these Critically Endangered ecosystems & animals can’t wait!
Let's face it- if supermarkets can pull every strawberry off every shelf in 1 day... Bunnings can at least stand by their supposed 2017 commitment to only stocking Forest Stewardship Council Certified timber.
Forest Stewardship Council - FSC Australia & New Zealand - the only accreditation you can believe in.

#BunningsWarehouseAustralia
#Officeworks
#TimReadGreens
#cindy4brunswick
#MPLidiaThorpe
#BackBenchDan #TheCanKickingMan
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3 days ago

Byron Greens

A Great message from Daniel Reid - our amazing Greens candidate for the seat of Page!
Please visit his Facebook and like and share !Time for a new paradigm.
Be like this person.
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