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March 9, 2021

‘Green Dream’ an expensive experiment

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I have read on a couple of occasions now that the Belongil landowners funded the pro-business group who voted for the rock walls.

Since those remarks have been directed at those of us who did vote to fill in the 130 metres (approximately) of missing rock protection, I would like to inform those poor misguided fools that our election result was not as a result of Belongil landowners’ funding, and would like to remind said misinformed fools that there was an even more important planning decision pending at the time of the election, and that was the new proposed Local Environment Plan with all of its restrictive E zones and their potential consequences to landowners.

This was far more important to many people than the current issue facing the few said landowners at Belongil.

I would also like to remind some of those misguided and ill-informed experts that we are currently in the process of spending millions of dollars to repair landslips caused by erosion, so that the community who live there can continue to have access to their homes (as they should), and no-one is batting an eyelid.

The ‘Green Dream’ has been an extremely expensive experiment. Housing is more unaffordable, traffic and roads in a mess, and our finances in a bad way.

None of the practices employed has had anything to do with the protection of our very important environment which we all agree needs our attention and dedication, and the major issues we should be concentrating on are left waving in the breeze.

Perhaps a wider view of a bigger picture would be better than the narrow view continually being voiced by a couple of people who represent only a minority group in our community.

Byron Shire councillor Di Woods, Brunswick Heads


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  1. Cr. Woods should tell ratepayers the exact amount that will come out of Council funds to increase the length of the rock wall to protect the few properties at Belongil. She and her fellow pro business councilors are always asking in Council how money can be saved to balance the budget. This action is hypocritical. The holiday letting business with approximately 1000 illegal lets in the shire, which Cr. Woods supports, is responsible for the increase in unaffordable housing.
    Many informed voting ratepayers know who is really misguided and ill-informed, Cr. Woods.

  2. Please stop calling the people you represent who happen to hold different views to you fools Diane. It’s really not a fitting way to address your constituents.

    • Thoroughly, agree with you, Christina. Cr. Woods tries to give the impression that she is a “lady”. No need for denigration and condescension. She is not in our Federal Parliament.

    • Cr Woods,the use of the word “fool” in referring to people who don’t agree with your opinion, says much more about you than to the people that you are referring to . Try to be open minded councilor and think before you press the send button on your email.

  3. During the late 70’s, and newly arrived in the area, I was looking at local property. One of the houses I looked at was beside the beach at Belongil. A great selling price, about $40,000 from memory. I did my research and found out about the 1974 storm with the loss of several houses here and at other nearby coastal sites. I’m glad I did my research and didn’t buy there. To quote Cr. Woods you would have been misinformed and misguided to have bought property at Belongil beach based on it’s past history.

    • Not only misinformed and misguided Harold, but any person who bought Belongil beachfront erosion area must have ‘rocks in their head”!


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