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