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May 12, 2021

Byron, shire of villages?

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What a pleasure it is to be on the side of the likes of Dailan Pugh again. The response to a call for submissions regarding Byron Shire sites and approaches for village development was very gratifying. Contrary to rumours, I at least have not created a website, but there is now a dedicated email address. [email protected]

Some people have expressed anxieties: I guarantee no one’s name will be used unless specifically requested. While peoplee have warned of the dangers of ‘bashing’ and ‘concrete shoes’, this is probably unwarranted. Certainly, corrupt government and corrupt developers abound, but they tend to be thieves, not toecutters. Spoiling their plans is unlikely to be deadly.

What may be contentious is the nomination of private lands as sites for  villages, without actually asking how the owners feel about it. That is how the nasty people operate. Not us. Not what we do here.

Most people suggested extensions to existing hamlets. Some want to live in hobbit holes. Take another week, write to [email protected] with your thoughts and vision, completely anonymously is ok. Except the person who suggested using ‘convict labour’ as a ‘traditional low-emissions building technique’ I will be watching you, young man. Report in 2 weeks time. (Unless another person pours tea on my computer. It’s tea, not bourbon. Learn to walk straight near computers!)

Matt Hartley, Byron Bay, Village of Belongil Beach


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