Warburton shocked by greenies

DEDICATED Tweed conservationist Jim Warburton has stood up to developers, unsympathetic farmers and council bureaucracy, but has been shell-shocked by his toughest and roughest opponents yet - fellow greenies.

Mr Warburton was devastated on Tuesday night after being jostled and abused by people from his side of politics outside a Tweed Shire Council meeting. Mr Warburton had just spoken in support of devel- oper Peter van Lieshout's planned eco-village west of Mt Warning.

The rough treatment came on top of moves to expel him from Tweed's once-foremost conservation group, the Caldera Environment Centre.

“They've sent me a letter threatening to expel me,” said Mr Warburton. He revealed fellow greenies had taken umbrage at his support for the Nightcap Village project and for unsuccessful council candidate, Murwillumbah car dealer Phil Taylor in last September's council election campaign.

He was particularly upset about the apparent curbs on freedom of speech, adding that a new group of people had “taken over” the Caldera Environment Centre, of which he had been a joint-co-ordinator.

Mr Taylor was surprised to hear Mr Warburton's green colleague's had turned against him, saying he admired Mr Warburton because he “puts a lot of thought and effort into whatever he decides to do”.



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