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.