Lose the ego to save the beach

By the end of the extraordinary Byron Shire Council meeting on June 10, 2015, (addressing a rescission motion against implementing a protective rock wall at Belongil beach) I was a changed man.

The mood of the meeting was aggressive and polarised. I heard councillors on both sides make important statements and claims followed by counter statements and claims. The gallery was vocal and interruptive. I heard nothing but politics! No clear impartial voice, and no reliable information.

The only clear rock wall issue was that of Cr Wanchap, which will not it seems be removed any time soon.

I don’t want to be outraged, or hear outrage anymore. It only confounds the want of reliable and responsible information. I want a clearly defined problem with all it entails, scientifically, legally, financially and ethically, presented in a way that will withstand scrutiny. In like manner I then want to see the alternative solutions in detail in the form of developed arguments, step by rational step, with their entailments. If no obvious solution emerges from this process, then more work, and more information is needed.

When this happens, and egos dissolve in the greater issues of the place we all share then a stature of intelligence will be conferred that commands the respect of all.

Without it will be an increasingly unhappy state of undeclared war, selectively restrained by a force of law requiring no further legitimacy than the semblance of order it maintains.

Gavin Greenoak, Byron Bay


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