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May 8, 2021

Einstein on Byron’s LEP

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We can do better than fighting over rules and regulations, zoning the land using inadequate, insufficient tools and measures. Why upset rural landowners, who know their land firsthand, realise the mistakes in Byron’s new LEP draft and want to correct them?

I believe rural landowners are environmentalists by virtue of loving their land and looking after it. I believe E2 and E3 zones cannot prevent mining or CSG fracking and should not be used as an argument by environmentalists to force E zoning on rural land. Farming has to change by our learning from mistakes and finding ways to be in harmony with nature.

Domestic living has to change by requiring energy-neutral building and less land occupied by intelligent infrastructure to get DA approval.

Council’s strategic planning has to be better than this LEP on display. People have to see alternative ways, stop CSG, understand what is out there and change our ecology – the relationship between humans and nature.

The Byron ECO Park would be an example, demonstrating and teaching how to do it. We have already some examples – biochar, billabongs, bees and a proposed ‘Big Honeycomb’ shed.

We realise the world bee population is down by 30 per cent. Some movies about that are alarming, telling us that about a third of our food relies on bee pollination. If we understand and stop killing bees we have a chance.

Einstein believed if bees became extinct, humans would follow in four years’ time!

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