Greens leader feels welcome in Byron Bay
By SAMANTHA TURNBULL firstname.lastname@example.org
IF THERE'S one place Greens leader Bob Brown feels welcome, it's Byron Bay.
The Tasmanian senator will today visit the town to promote his new book on Recherche Bay in his home state.
"I grew up in Bellingen and Armidale, so I'm familiar with the North Coast and Byron Bay is a place I enjoy visiting," he said. "I'm really aware of the strength of the Greens up there.
"The blockade of Terania Creek occurred just before the blockade of dam works on the Franklin River (Tasmania), so there's a close affinity between Tasmania and the north-eastern part of New South Wales."
Senator Brown said he was also keen to catch up with his friend, Byron Shire mayor Jan Barham.
"I've known Jan for many, many years," he said.
"Ian Cohen (Byron Baybased Greens MLC) will also be there and his advisor Ben Oquist, who used to work with me, will be giving me an introduction."
He said the primary purpose of his visit was to promote his book, however he would also be speaking about the Howard Government's anti-terrorism laws, Telstra and refugees.
"I'll be talking about the politics of the Greens in general and the issues of the day," he said.
"As well as Recherche Bay which is an absolute cri- sis about to happen."
Senator Brown said Recherche Bay was a unique part of Australia's natural and cultural heritage that was under threat from woodchippers.
The bay was the site of one of Europe's earliest contacts with Australia when French navigator Bruni D'Entrecasteaux landed there in 1792.
"I'm always ears open," Senator Brown said.
"I'll be keen to catch up on forest issues, public transport and coastal development in the area while I'm there."
Senator Brown will be at the Byron Bay Community Centre from 6.30pm.
Entry is by donation.
Proceeds from book sales will go towards preserving Recherche Bay.