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June 24, 2024

Rose: the developer’s hand maiden

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Hard to know where to start regarding Rose Wanchap’s bizarre advertorial last week. Her Third-World housing price theories (just build more and the prices will drop – hey that’s certainly worked, er, nowhere… ) aside, the thought bubbles regarding the solar array etc for West Byron are totally beholden to the developers intent.

The most disturbing part of her dream (for the love of god, wake up Rose!) regards the fictional Koala Sanctuary. Levelling known natural koala habitat to build a ‘sanctuary’ for them beggars belief.

And according to Rose, everyone of our 1.5 million shire visitors will drop in for a pat and a photo of the ‘two koalas that are known to live currently onsite’.

So to avoid needing Byron’s Largest Car Park to cater for all those animal lovers visiting Koala World, we could set up the world’s first drive-through koala sanctuary and put a Maccas at the entrance – ‘do you want a koala with that?’.

When Rose does wake from her reverie she’ll realise it was all just a freakish nightmare, and she can go back to representing us. Phew!

Geoff Southward, Suffolk Park


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  1. The people who object to this Ewingsdale development are the same ones who want the train to come back. The train will bring dormitory suburbs at every station along the line. If the Ewingsdale development is so objectionable then why would you be wanting to open the floodgates? Go figure!

  2. Yeah, not really Will. They’re totally unrelated proposals, unless Rose knows something the rest of us don’t!
    I’m just one of many who are voicing concerns about the West Byron proposed development. And the train track was in place long before Byron became a developers wet dream.

  3. Will that is preposterous. If you knew anything about planning law you’ll know that most of the land along the rail line is zoned agricultural not residential – and the chances of that changing at any point (train or no train) are close to nil. There are incredibly strict limitations about how far urban areas can develop – take Bangalow as an example having now expanded to its maximum size allowable under current legislation.

    It would be a brave government that re-zoned prime agricultural land for further urban expansion.

  4. Many of the letters expressing disapproval of the Ewingsdale development over the last couple of weeks have been written by the same people who support the return of the train. It’s a bit hard to argue otherwise. A train would be a two way deal, not just for us to go north, but for the north to come south as well. If you don’t believe in dormitory suburbs springing up around railway stations, check out Brisbane to Caboolture. It was once only a 45 minute journey in an old-school train, now there are double the stations and it takes much much longer. Whereas once Caboolture was the end of the line, now they are commuting from Nambour and beyond to their jobs in Brisbane, what an unsustainable nightmare, just like the Newcastle to Sydney mob. Built it and commuters will come, proven fact! Long commutes leave a huge carbon footprint, we should be discouraging it! Of course there are bound to be many people who disprove of the Ewingsdale development but are great rail trail supporters.


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