Anudhi Wentworth
Anudhi Wentworth

Byron Bay to pay tribute to 'green' pioneer

THE Byron Bay community will celebrate the life of local environmental campaigner Anudhi Wentworth at a public memorial next Thursday.

Anudhi died in her sleep at Pinehaven nursing home on Sunday, aged 79.

Anudhi, a pioneer of the environmental movement in the Byron Shire and a thorn in the side of developers, was elected to Byron Shire Council in 1980 and served as a councillor for 15 years.

She was a founding member of environmental group BEACON and the Byron Bay Community Association, and has a chair named after her in the community centre's theatre.

Anudhi was also involved in the campaign for a new Byron Bay library.

Byron Shire mayor Jan Barham said Anudhi was one of the Byron Shire's matriarchs and known as a bit of a 'wild woman'.

She said Anudhi was a very strong advocate for the environment and the first 'green type' councillor elected in NSW.

“I found her a great inspiration,” she said.

“Everyone who knew Anudhi will be aware she was a pioneer in terms of environmental protection.”

A celebration of Anudhi's life will be held at the Byron Bay Community Centre next Thursday at 2pm. Members of the public are welcome to attend and to share their memories.

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