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Councillor Wanchap is correct. There are too many tourists coming to Byron. Time for council to close down illegal holiday lets, charge a bed tax, establish park and ride outside town, charge parking in town, discourage broke hippies who camp wherever, leave rubbish and contribute precious little money to a few, and stop the promotion of so many festivals.  The greenwash ‘Green Party’ posturing is ineffective. Byron has slid into this mess on the back of the hippy escape from reality mentality and now it comes back to bite.

Councillor Wanchap is incorrect. West Byron will not ever be affordable, because Byron real estate will only go in one direction, up!

Tourism must die!

Edward Kent, Suffolk Park


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  1. hahaha, this cracks me up! a few weeks ago, Rose voted for the rail trail, witch of course will bring tourists, but now she back flips on what she previously said, and now she wants LESS tourists? It would be interesting to see how many people actually want the rail trail, and aren’t just in it for votes or something!.

    Heres a good solution, BRING BACK THE TRAINS!!!! is 4.2 MILLION or more tourists in and out of Byron Bay every year not ‘enough’ to sustain public transport? This region really needs to get its act together when it comes to public transport people will use.

    • Exactly! We are just going to see more and more people and people wont a bike and walking trail? What’s that going to do to curb the traffic congestion? What a waste that would be, I can’t believe anyone is even mentioning pulling up the tracks, it could be redone and be an awesome light rail set up, where is the future vision in regards to moving people via public transport? Come on council, get with it.

  2. When it comes to the Greens and tourism the elephant in the room are EMISSIONS, EMISSIONS AND MORE EMISSIONS. At every opportunity our simple mayor Simon has lauded and backed every money grabbing scheme , mostly by people from Melbourne(his home town) and outside the shire, while totally neglecting the environmental costs to our atmosphere, and the strain on infrastructure. The international tourists that lob to Byron by the busload from Brisbane airport and many who also come from Sydney airport via whatever other place they have visited, add millions of tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere every year, yet here is what you rightly call the greenwash council happily promoting this orgy of conspicuous consumption like cargo cultists addicted to sugar from the air.

  3. I know for a fact that many young tourists from Germany and Scandinavia are going elsewhere for their gap years etc. Byron has developed a reputation as a drunk, dangerous place, especially after dark. Give it back to the hippies is my advice.

  4. Tourism is the replacement industry for timber, dairy and sugar. The tourism earnings in our region even adjusted for inflation are much greater than the combined earnings of all our dying and defunct traditional industries. That’s why it is referred to as a sunrise industry, its best years are still ahead and like it or not, there is no greater sun on the horizon nor is there ever likely to be. Those who disparage tourism are biting the hand that feeds us. Mitigating the negative impacts of tourism is a virtual science these days, and we are committed, there is no going back once you are an internationally recognised tourism hotspot. We get ten times more visitors than Ulhuru and Kakadu combined, it is our future! Unless someone has a better idea?

  5. Moving tourist around on light rail must be the ideal way to spread the benefits then to the whole region. It will also help aleviating traffic congestions heading in to and out of Byron.

    • Or maybe the tourists can move themselves around by bycycle and really immerse themselves in the natural surrounds of the hinterland..

    • jens, as a retired tourism professional (35 years), I’d really like to hear more. Give us some ideas about the profiles of the tourist that you speculate about. Who are they, where would they be going on the train, why and what will they do when they get there? Will they need transport at the destination station or do they just stay on the train like tourists used to do in the 19th century on those Thomas Cook rail excursion packages? Really, what we need is constructive comment from people who inhabit the 21st century!


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