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March 4, 2021

Byron Green councillors all pretenders

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Today was my first attendance to a Byron Council meeting. It was amazing, I witnessed a mayor completely out of his depth and basically not up to the challenges ahead of him.

The so-called green members are just a collective voting block towing the line of general manager Ken Gainger and mayor Simon Richardson on every decision good, bad or outrageous. They don’t need to consult with the community as it’s not necessary as they do exactly what they think they need to do regardless.

The Green council members were elected somewhat a backlash on the outrageous change of politics of Rose Wanchap in the last council but a least Rose was prepared to stand up and be counted for her change of opinion. Simon Richardson just does whatever and has no green credentials if they get in the way of what Ken and himself have decided. Green is not what they are they are just pretenders

The Butler Street Bypass is a money pit that will create a financial disaster for the council, they have prepared a so-called costing but neglected to include in the $20 million consent orders for the protected wetland which could add up to another $10 million and the cost of attenuation for the 18 houses and business along Butler st ($80,000 per house) $1.5 million, and other changes and compliances.

The NSW government has agreed to consider the rail corridor and the council refuses to acknowledge that this option needs to be re considered. When making very large money decisions the basic rule is when in doubt don’t do it. This council says when in doubt just see what happens.

David Frappell, Byron Bay


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  1. Opponents of the rail trail should take note of the opening words David Frappell’s final paragraph – “The NSW government has agreed to consider the rail corridor. The bypass would of course be a waste of a fine piece of community land but it shows that the already people are eyeing off the corridor. Does Toots and its supporters really think the NSW government – or any cash strapped Labor government- is going to leave the corridor unused and unsold? Given the LibNat’s keenness on selling assets, expect the break up and selling off for profit sooner rather than later. The rail trail though will create a community of interested cyclists, walkers, and businesses who will join those who envisage long term rail use in opposing any real estate sell off, or as is proposed here re-purposing of it for a busy street.


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