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May 14, 2021

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The state government has passed the Splendour/Parklands event site development in the Yelgun wildlife corridor. The state has allowed attendee numbers in excess of the shire’s population, and has rejected any requirement for the multi-event developers to pay developer contributions for their customers’ massive use of the shire’s public infrastructure.

The language of the state planner’s consent is the most twisted planning interpretation that I have ever seen, with the accepted meanings of environmental sustainability, precautionary principle and intergenerational equity ignored and debased. Their language is debased, their actions are debased, and the state government structure has descended to being run by a band of antisocial renegades with fascist tendencies.

The NSW farmers and rural communities have called Barry O’Farrell a liar because of his broken pre-election promises on the destruction of agricultural land and communities by mining. There is no further basis to trust the state, and no basis to engage in any alleged ‘community consultation’ on any issue. Any decent social and environmental future for the state will be carved out by the will of the people in defiance of the state government.

The state government is not acting in the equitable interests of all. It is selling out our social structures and our environment for the private benefit of a minority who have the ear of Barry O’Farrell. We will have to remind Barry O’Farrell that we have gone past the era when the serfs were required to meekly accept what was handed out to them. We will outlast this present state government and we will see this repugnant Yelgun development removed. And should the people of regional NSW see fit, let us combine our forces, strangle O’Farrell’s Sydney-centric power base and bring this present state government to its knees.

John Lazarus, Byron Bay

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  1. Well said John and her hear. the sooner this fraud of a government is dispensed with the better and then we can send bay O’Farrell and his cohots to the dustbin of history, get rid og the Yelgun poposal and start intoducing some fairness into the polticial system. The best thing to do would be to destroy the Liberal party root and branch. having done that we can then get rid of the Byron Boys club and send them to jail where they belong.

  2. Where do I sign up to join forces with John Lazarus to help bring
    OFarrell’s power base to it’s knees? We are AGAINST this silly Splendour developement.

    Ken Mairs & Meg Walker

  3. I agree whole heartily with Mr Lazarus this is a farce, wait Byron rates will go up an be used for pot holes that thousands of visitors will create. As NBP arn’t paying a thing for the privilege of using our home as there playground. Get ready for getting to work late, and the north turning into party central. Holiday lets, traffic, noise etc. Shame on city centric and power brokers of Byron you’ll be the only one who say they are going to benefit. Maybe our kids can get real pay now with loading’s and holiday and sick leave waiting waiting …………ha wont happen.


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