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Chris Gee, Byron Bay Indigenous readers be advised that the following letter contains references to persons deceased. I read with some...

According to current statistics Byron Bay attracts 1.7 million visitors per year with the largest percentage, about 1.04 million, being from overseas.

Assuming most fly into Sydney and Brisbane, travelling an average 16,000km on a regular 747 Jumbo that carries 540 passengers fully laden, then to bring that number of people here would require 1,925 flights per year.

To travel that distance a Jumbo consumes 80,412.64kg of fuel, producing roughly at 3.1kg per km, 249,277kg of CO2.

So the yearly CO2 produced to bring 1.04 million people to Sydney alone is 479,858,225kg.

Then add transport to Byron from the airports, the energy used while they are here conspicuously consuming, travelling around the region in generally older, polluting cars, rubbish created, extra sewage treatment etc.

Now we have the new festivals coming to destroy the amenity of those living in the north of the shire and all the extra pollution that will bring. You get the picture.

M Mizzi, Byron Bay



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  1. So, what does Mizzi suggest? We close down the entire country and retire to our humpies where we don’t consume fuel, food and fresh air. These people get ridiculous…but it is that part of the country after all!

  2. Where you born here M. Mizzi? Are you walking to the market to buy your food, only locally produced and pushed to the market on a cart? Never been on an overseas holiday and never used a motor car? So nice that you live a saintly life in OUR paradise and of course nobody else should come here and spoil your idyllic life. Maybe you should realize that you are not alone in this world and the only way to harmony is to be welcoming and sharing – You get the picture?


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