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Environmentalist and artist Dailan Pugh from the Byron Environmental and Conservation Organisation, BEACON, says the proposed development at West Byron could be the ‘death knell’ of the Belongil estuary, the extensive wetlands and creek already under heavy pressure from pollution.
The state government is considering re-zoning more than 100 hectares for a new suburb along Ewingsdale road adjacent to the Belongil Creek, and public submissions on the re-zoning close this Wednesday.
Documents prepared for the Byron Bay West Landowners’ Association argue that with rainwater tanks, appropriate stormwater management and other strategies, water quality in the creek could ultimately improve.
However Byron Shire Council analysis suggests such improvement ‘cannot be assured’ and that there’s ‘no real commitment’ made in regards to rainwater tanks.
Yesterday Council urged the government not to consider West Byron’s re-zoning until key issues were resolved, including traffic and transport concerns.
To make a submission by 30 November go to Development Proposals on Exhibition at www.planning.nsw.gov.au.
Ray Moynihan, Echonetdaily story, November 24