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Police make arrest over Wallum protests

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If, like me, you don’t really know where to start in your anger about what is happening to Byron Bay, then here is the 101 on the ‘West Byron housing development’, a glorified housing estate that is about the size of Mullumbimby town.

The NSW state government decided that this massive development had to happen in this region, it chose the spot and said ‘wham o, yep right there, perfect’ and the die was cast.

Did the people from the NSW government come to Byron Bay and study the infrastructure? Who knows … maybe?

Now there is a draft DCP back with Byron Shire council – this is the only chance we as residents have to oppose this development and we only have until the December 4.

So, if you are a local ratepayer – or not, write to the council on the details below and tell them why you don’t like what the NSW Government have proposed, you can say whatever you like.

Initial fears are obviously over the already chronic traffic issues, but what about sewerage, Belongil Creek, Acid Sulphate in the soil, Koalas … there is a multitude of studies that the Byron Shire council should undertake locally before they can ‘approve’ this DCP.

Please, just write a one liner to council if you have nothing further to say. But say something!

Please send your submission to:

The General Manager
Byron Shire Council
70-90 Station Street
PO Box 219 DX 20007
Mullumbimby NSW 2482

Or email [email protected]

Andrew Crockett, Byron Bay

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  1. Yes, please do write a submission: there are many problems with local government but the one factor that breaks through all the shortcomings, dilemmas, betrayals and limitations is the collective voice of the community. What happened at Bentley is one example. The councillors, council staff and the state government itself will hear a community response but it does have to be loud and clear i.e. hundreds even thousands of individual submissions.

    The W Byron lands remain stubbornly unsuitable for the scale and type of development proposed. Why else would a major property develop suddenly try to sell out before the DCP process is finished and before turning a single spade of acid sulphate soil?


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