I would like to appeal to concerned residents of Byron Shire to go to the next Council Meeting which is Thursday 26 March and starts with public access at 9am, after that there is a break and the council meeting starts for real at 10.30am.
The reason for my appeal is that only the few people who have been going to the meetings since Rose Wanchap (who was voted in as a Green) then changed sides are aware of the usual pattern of voting now: it is a slim majority of five for the ‘over-development’ bloc, and four for the ‘Protect Byron’ bloc.
At the last council meeting many of us walked out after witnessing this vote happening, we were feeling very emotional, sad and angry at this, our beautiful shire and especially Byron being legislated to destruction.
I know that mayor Simon Richardson and Crs Paul Spooner, Basil Cameron and Duncan Day were extremely upset after the meeting, but what can they do?
It doesn’t matter how wonderful a speech they make they will not get the vote.
It’s time more people joined in to support these councillors, at least look and see what is happening.
The other five (Crs Sol Ibrahim, Di Woods, Alan Hunter, Chris Cubis and the turncoat Rose Wanchap) support development at almost any cost, which does not reflect the way the majority of Byron shire people think, or voted.
This is not democratic at all. It is a heartwrenching tragedy.
What is the point of the planning decisions being handed back to our councillors? It may as well be the state Lib/Nats making the decisions.
I know younger residents are busy working, but it is really really important to take part in this for the future of our children and grandchildren in our beautiful shire, anyone who can get there please do, you can speak at public access.
Every council meeting sees more destruction to our ideals.
Maggi Moss Luke, Byron Bay