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Ex-Byron Shire Cr Diane Woods reappears in Qld

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Gary Opit, Yelgun.

Dear Letters Editor,

For those wondering what happened to ex-Byron Shire Councillor Diane Woods,
I found a letter from her in the Gold Coast Sun, Upper Northern Edition,
March 1 2017. Diane wrote:

‘Having moved to Hope Island six months ago from Byron Shire where I was a councillor for 12.5 years, I was horrified to learn of the new planned development on Hope Island. As a councillor in Byron I was always in favour of sustainable development and fought the Green majority on that point. I approached the standing member for Coomera on Saturday and voiced my concerns regarding inappropriate planned high rise for Hope Island, noting there is only one road in or out i.e. Sickle Avenue. I suggested to the member that the State Government could review their planning legislation but was brushed off being told, if you have a complaint, talk to the council.

I then explained that as a State Member, the concerns could be dealt with in State Government by addressing planning laws which councils have to adhere to. I was then told that “perhaps I need to move to the country”. I suggested I might be interested in standing as a One Nation candidate and I was then told: “Good, put your money . pause” and I completed the statement. The LNP in this Coomera Electorate appears to me to be arrogant and showing complete disregard to their constituents and their amenity. I will be working with, and hoping that a different candidate who has the interest of the electorate at heart, takes control at the next State Election and promises to review planning legislation.
Diane Woods, Hope Island.’


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2 COMMENTS

  1. Di appears to have received her “just reward or dessert” for her pro development stance in Byron Shire when she was a councillor. Her letter makes me laugh. The majority of residents could have told her what to expect when she moved to the Gold Coast.

    I’m sure Pauline Hanson’s One Nation will “love” her, chew her up and spit her out.

    • Harry

      Thank you for your response to Gary Opit’s copy of my letter to the Gold Coast Sun
      Just for the record, I loved Gary’s section on ABC each week. What a marvellous man.
      Why he chose to publish my letter without talking to me is rather strange. I can only surmise he must be missing me, as must the Echo as they chose to publish it
      Yes, I am against high rise and always have been.
      And yes, I am for sustainable development that takes into account all of the elements such as traffic, fill, road network, public transport, private amenity. (to name a few), as I always have been
      As far as just deserts go, we are extremely happy in our new environment, with wonderful neighbours who are happy and not wingers, but that doesn’t stop me from standing up against development that I think is inappropriate I did that in Byron many times, including opposing the development of the Byron Picture Theatre site which I still maintain will change the nature of Byron Commercial Centre
      Thank you for missing me enough to have to keep abreast of what I am doing, but there is really no need.

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