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October 16, 2021

Parliament KOs West Byron motion

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North coast-based Greens MLC Jan Barham is disappointed that her motion calling on the government to delay approval of the controversial West Byron development did not receive support.

The proposed motion called on planning minister Prue Goward to defer the West Byron urban release proposal ‘to allow for more detailed studies to assess the impact of the development and ensure that the relevant considerations are revealed prior to the rezoning, noting that the current application does not contain sufficient independent scientific studies and analysis to allow a determination and that the Byron Shire Council is in the process of developing essential strategic studies that consider the future impacts of development on that site’.

It highlighted ‘omissions, inaccuracies and inconsistencies,’ in particular the original koala report, which was not included by the developers in the final DA, and the fact that Byron Shire Council’s Coastal Koala Plan of Management is yet to be finalised.

It claimed that 75 per cent of the land is acid sulphate-affected and described the preliminary acid sulphate report as ‘inadequate’.

Ms Barham’s motion also identified a lack of ‘proper, independent assessment’ of traffic impacts.

Although the Greens MP was denied permission to speak to the motion this week, she was previously permitted by the upper house to raise her concerns on the issue.

‘At least it’s on the record,’ a deflated Ms Barham told Echonetdaily, adding she was now looking to have a meeting with minister Goward next week to raise the matter with her personally.

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  1. Go Jan. I hope Pru meets with you and you have an opportunity to express the well founded majority community concerns regarding the inadequacies of the site and the dangers such a large scale development would present to the on-going viability and functional well being of Byron Bay and surrounds.


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