Byron mayor salutes Bob Brown
LOVE him or hate him, Greens leader Bob Brown made a big impact on Australian politics during his 16 years in the Senate.
Yesterday, he announced he would retire as leader of the Greens and from the Senate.
Byron Shire Mayor and Greens MLC Jan Barham said she was delighted the man who had done so much for the environment had chosen to retire at a time when he still had many good years of life ahead of him.
"He is proud of what he has achieved to work with the government in a constructive way," Ms Barham said.
"He has shown the Greens can be responsible and he has left a great legacy."
Ms Barham said he was an inspirational leader and one of the most forward-thinking leaders she had encountered in politics.
"He championed the cause of the environment....he took environmental responsibility into the mainstream," she said.
"He represented the kind of integrity and honesty people hoped to find in a politician and he stood by his convictions."
Ballina Shire Greens councillor Jeff Johnson said it was a speech made in Parliament by Senator Brown about saving old-growth forests in Tasmania that had inspired him to become involved in politics.
"He is a genuine and caring man and his inspiration will be sadly missed," he said.
Mr Johnson described his departure from politics as a pivotal moment for the Greens.
"He has been there since the beginning" he said.
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