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April 23, 2021

Byron councillors breach community trust

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‘Byron’s dead’. That’s the statement that I often hear. Or ‘I never go there anymore it’s lost’ or ‘Byron died years ago’. It always makes me feel a bit sad and defensive. I have such a love for this place, although I curse it when I get stuck in snaking traffic at 8am on a weekday morning or I can’t find a park near where I am going.

Master plans are important. A strong process underway builds community trust as well as ensures follow through.

The vote of a majority of Byron shire councillors to disregard the master plan process and to support Cr Rose Wanchap’s road is a serious breach of such community trust.

Just to give an idea of what can be created: From Copehagen: ‘Climate change is a reality and we have to be prepared for floods, storms and rising sea levels’, says René Sommer Lindsay, the city official in charge of St Kjeld’s transformation. We said ‘Instead of doing pinpoint projects, let’s develop a rainwater master plan. Rainwater is only a problem if it goes where you don’t want it to go’.

That gave city planners the option, essentially more and bigger sewers — or designing ‘green’, nature-based structures that collect the water and lead it away’. Read the full article here:
http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2015/1/26/copenhagen-worlds-first-climate-adjusted-neighborhood.html

Mary Gardner, Byron Bay


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