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Zero emissions? What a joke! Not that I have an issue with the goal, but Byron?

Beneath the hippy Shangri-la marketing, Byron is a small town that can’t figure out such basics as toilet blocks, crosswalks, potholes, tree planting and green bins. Recycling rates here lag, and despite being as flat as a pancake, the Byron bike trail network is pathetic and hasn’t seen any improvement in years.

Public transportation is almost non-existent. While some clamour for a rail trail, and others for trains, it is highly likely that most locals will use neither. Cars are king here for very obvious reasons.

Byron needs to give up the big dreams and learn how to tie its shoes, then walk, before progressing to a run. Give your head a shake.

Edward Kent, Suffolk Park


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  1. Dear Editor,
    in a recent article in the Guardian, (http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/mar/09/byron-bay-first-regional-australian-city-to-commit-to-zero-emissions?CMP=soc_567) that bastion of truth, justice, antisemitism, free speech and political correctness, our very own Mayor appeared spruiking the Byron shire’s new plan to beocme a “zero emissions” shire by 2050. Great long term planning, very long term, another 30 odd years in fact. But what I want to know is when did Boeing and Airbus start producing emissions free planes? Consider this. Every jumbo load of people that travels between London and Sydney produces 343642 tonnes of CO2 emissions. That is calculated on a jumbo carrying 200 people (the actual capacity is well over 400 so this calculation is conservative, just double it) According to Byron Council figures 1.68 million people from overseas visit Byron each year. So at an average of 100gms of CO2 produced by each passenger per kilometre we have 1.6millionx100gmsx17,000kms (distance from London to Sydney where most visitors come from) equals 272,000,000 tonnes of CO2 per annum pumped into the atmosphere just to bring all those people who come to Byron every year to Sydney. That doesn’t take in the daytrippers zooming down the freeway from Brisvegas, or Melbournians and Sydneysiders coming here for Splendour and Halls and the Bluesfest. Why do you think the airlines wanted the federal government to get rid of the carbon tax? According to councils own tourism analysis paper produced some years ago now, The World Travel and Tourism Council (1996) defines sustainable tourism as follows:
    ‘Sustainable tourism development can be thought as a meeting of the needs of present
    tourist and host regions, while protecting and enhancing opportunity for the future. It is
    envisaged as leading to management of all resources in such a way that we can fulfil
    economic, social and aesthetic needs while maintaining cultural integrity, essential
    ecological processes, biological diversity, and life support systems.’ Notice the beuraucratese, “be thought of” “It is envisaged”. Nothing real or concrete there just the vague notions of fairy dust sprinkled elves sitting around some cupcakes throwing around ideas over afternoon tea no doubt.
    Hmm, seems sustainable is another one of those meaningless terms, “like freedom of speech” and “human rights” concocted by some faceless bureaucrat in some dingy office in the UN building or some other life time tenured cubicle in some far off land where newspeak is the operative language. I wonder what term they have for endless traffic jams. How about “Physically challenged transport space”? Zero emissions? Zero chance!
    M Mizzi Byron bay.


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