Regarding Elements’ recent letter to neighbours and an article in The Echo, Sunrise Progress Association sent a letter to neighbours. Here is an abbreviated version.
Elements says the train will be quieter than the XPT. They have no acoustic measurements. They use a meaningless description for the train’s horn [sounded every time it crosses Kendall St], as ‘gently sounding.’ The train has an air horn and it will sound like a train horn.
The resort admits it will be using toxic diesel, saying the same diesel used in trucks will be used in the train, stating, ‘There is not a special kind of more toxic diesel fuel for our train.’ The train does not have particulate filtration.
Elements planners are using their 1987 DA as if community standards about the environment haven’t changed since then. They make ‘minor amendments’ via S96 submissions which are significant amendments. They got approval to run the train 7.30am–10.30pm regardless of residents’ concerns aired at Council.
Elements’ letter says this train ‘ticked all the boxes,’ for running. It doesn’t tick any boxes for environmental sensitivity, frequency of operation, proximity to housing and tourist accommodation and the changes of community standards since 1987.
It defies belief that a so-called ‘eco resort’ operating in a ‘zero emissions’ town like Byron Bay could proceed without any evidence of environmental assessment or scrutiny. Stay informed with ‘No Dirty Diesel Train Byron’ Facebook.