Given the assault on our way of life, our response must be to assert it. West Byron is huge, ugly, and a precedent, but the Shire of Villages is a widely approved, wholly appropriate initiative. Well, let’s finally do it.
Some may have heard the expression TIMBY (okay, I admit I made it up) standing for This In My Backyard. It’s the vital – as in life-affirming – counterpart to being a negative NIMBY or a victim. To hell with other people’s plans. We have one. So let’s go.
Community leaders and commentators should push this. (I’m looking at you, Tom Mooney, yes, you! And you, Buck$.) We must choose locations for some new villages and hamlets, ideally linked by walking or bridle paths. We should choose which existing spots to expand. Some work has been done on this. Let us get it finished.
Deals are waiting to be made. Landowners to be approached. This must happen now, and this must be thrust straight into the face of the state and national media as a community choosing and demanding its future.
And by the way, we need to unite with every other pissed-off shire, town, and neighbourhood and, at the next state elections, roll these collections of our enemies. Fight together. Lock shields, lock step, and win.
Matt Hartley, Byron Bay