The Byron Bay branch of the ALP believes that the current proposals for the development of West Byron are inappropriate.
They do not address serious concerns held by the community including: acid sulphate soils and the environmental damage that could be caused to wetlands and Belongil estuary; the serious and unresolved traffic congestion along Ewingsdale Road; the serious impact on koala populations; and the lack of social and community infrastructure including schools.
Any decision on this development must be put on hold immediately until the above issues are satisfactorily addressed.
The decision regarding West Byron should be made by the local community and our local Byron Shire Council. It should be passed back to council from the state government immediately.
Peter Caylock, Byron Bay ALP secretary