Stephen Nuske, South Golden Beach
On Saturday I attended a meeting at South Golden Beach “community” hall regarding North Byron Parklands’ application for permanency. My brother-in-law came with me. We have both recently purchased homes at South Golden Beach.
I am also employed by North Byron Parklands as Groundsman…not a political lobbyist, not a strategist of any kind…Groundsman.
After a short time, anyone who profits from NBP, or any of the events held there, was asked to raise their hand and consequently asked to leave. So I had to go, and my brother-in-law came with me, even though I had received an invitation to the meeting and am a property owner and pay rates.
I have since been informed that a number of the people at that meeting, including some of those who called for me to be thrown out, don’t actually live or own property in South Golden Beach. They were allowed to stay, yet I wasn’t? And this happened in the presence of a number of Byron Shire Council members who remained silent.
The thing that really struck me was the hostile and very aggressive manner in which the meeting was conducted. There was something incredibly ugly about it all and I’m now very glad that I didn’t take my children along as I was truly shocked by the way some of the people in that room behaved.
I’m not sure what happened after we were asked to leave but I can only image that there were calls to “build a wall and make NBP pay for it” and “make SGB great again.” Sound familiar?