We would like to send our congratulations to the councillors who have been elected by the residents of Byron. Now it’s time to get to get to work and bring about the change by bringing what you promised on your campaign tour to fruition.
As the president of South Golden Beach Community Association, I went to three meet-the-candidates nights and watched the people from the north believe your words and hear your promises. So in no particular order I put it to you:
• Yelgun festival site: meet with concerned residents and select people from the north to sit on the Regulatory Working Group. They will be the ones most affected and their reps should be included in that group. Also meet with community groups to hear their very real concerns about this development, then convey them to the Local Emergency Group (police, SES, fire brigade, etc).
• Find the extra money to fix the roads.
• Secure the Billi sports fields.
• Rethink the foreshores policy.
• Deal with flooding and drainage issues.
• Work with Tweed Council on the massive developments that are going to happen to the north of us that will increase our concerns about flooding, safety and amenity.
• Secure the Roundhouse site for community use.
These are but a few of the major items that you all made promises on. Why not set aside a day so that individual groups can come in and tell the new council what is happening in the north of the shire? At the candidates’ nights it was highly evident that some who have been elected have not the slightest idea of what the north and its many issues are. Some have never even spent time in the villages in the north.
I eagerly wait to see what happens as you are now our duly elected ‘by the people for the people’ (not developers) councillors.
Kathy Norley, president
South Golden Beach Community Association