Marianne McCormack, Billinudgel
Do lives matter in the Byron Shire? Well it seems they do, but only if you choose to holiday or swim in Byron Bay or Brunswick Heads.
While walking along Ocean Shores, New Brighton and South Golden Beaches this morning, I was happily surprised to observe hundreds of people walking, sun baking and swimming.
It appears many more families and young people are frequenting this area as a holiday destination, particularly during festivals.
Approving festival sites without considering the subsequent swell in the number of holidaymakers is short-sighted. The absence of any surf lifesavers on this notorious stretch of beach is nothing short of negligent.
When will this council choose to take action to save lives? When will council realise it represents the residents of Ocean Shores, New Brighton and South Golden Beach?
This area comprises the largest population and the most ratepayers. Yet it is neglected and forgotten time and again. It is the most poorly serviced in the Byron Shire.
As residents, we should perhaps re-consider where our rates are being use, and whether we should pay them at all until appropriate changes are made.