Thank you Byron shire Cr Duncan Dey for your letter re the CBA fiasco in council regarding costs of future coastal (mis)management, aka the Belongil saga.
What we’ve had in Byron shire for far too long now, is a short sighted majority on council who have failed to listen to the needs and concerns of our community, nor consider expert advice, while pandering to a small handful of business operatives, developers and dune-dwellers.
I noted the other evening that Auburn Council had been sacked, primarily because of the property developers and real estate agents in their midst. Corruption!
Likewise on Byron Shire Council, we have one real estate agent together with four business and pro-development councillors who have hijacked community interests in favour of short term, inappropriate and damaging development together with these so called ‘protection works’ at Belongil. Deadly!
Our shire is being destroyed – our towns, our lands and our unique culture.
With the prospect of increased building heights, poorly designed land development, consequent flash flooding and beach loss, a downturn in business opportunities, a breakdown of basic infrastructure, loss of biodiversity, flora and fauna and a polarised disgruntled community, the sooner we see the back of this rampaging ‘bloc of 5’ the better.
We definitely need visionaries in place, or at least people who can think beyond the term of their elected office and the interests of their backers, and for the greater good. Report card on current council – definitely an epic fail!
Jan Hackett, Sunrise Beach