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October 8, 2022

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Local group Friends of The Saddle Road was surprised to read about Kelvin Daly’s ‘ambitious plan’ (New eco-village model unveiled) in last week’s Echonetdaily and looks forward to learning more when the website goes up.

‘Community’ being one of the principles upon which the proposed development is based, the dearth of consultation with the existing Saddle Road community sits uneasily.

Rosie Whelan, Friends of The Saddle Road 


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  1. Rosie Whelan I was surprised and sick to read Kelvin Daly’s ambitious plan, another developer who uses airy-fairy wording to make us think he will be doing us Byron Shire residents a favour!

    • Agree Delta Kay! Where is the community consultation? We will work with ‘state government’ another way of saying screw Byron Shire council and community consultation.

    • Hello Delta, You do not know me but I am one of the spokesmen for the Saddle road residents action group who are opposing the urban development of Saddle Road masquerading as a green development. They have their public information meeting tomorrow at 1pm at Mullum Civic Hall. I have been raising the significant Aboriginal Heritage sites on the land they want to develop with Byron Council and spoke at the last Byron Council meeting about their significance. I also spoke to Gavin at the Arakwal depot prior to addressing Byron Council to let him know about the registered sites that will be impacted by the development. We are also concerned that this will be but the start of the urban consolidation of all of Saddle Road which may impact on more significant sites along Everitts’ Hill and the Saddle ridge. We are deeply concerned that this development is just Green-washing and is aimed at being a financial wind fall for the developer while riding on a wave of community support.
      The Bruns eco village have arranged a welcome to country ceremony for their public meeting tomorrow but I fear they have not adequately explained their project to the respected elders who will be officiating. For them to be seen as having the local Bundjalung and Arakwal on side with their development would be a huge coo for them and would give them legitimacy we do not believe they should have, considering they were not even aware that there is registered Aboriginal heritage sites on their property. I have notified the elders that are attending that not all may be as legit as it seems and to try and avoid endorsing their development at this stage. Your attendance and input at this delicate yet critical time would be deeply appreciated. We note your response to Rosy’s letter in the echo in response to the announcement of the Bruns eco village. I have much more detailed information about Aboriginal heritage in the precinct and also on who stands to benefit most from the development which I am happy to share with you privately.


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