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May 19, 2021

Hallucinogenic vision for West Byron

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The developer has told you what the West Byron development will look like – now is the time Byron Shire locals can have their ‘say’ on the proposed look and feel of the development.

The land was rezoned to residential in 2014, despite heavy protests from locals.

How does a major rezoning get through the government pipeline? Use your own imagination$ on that one – but this land will be developed (wipes tears from eyes).

What will that development look like? Well, we can have a say on that, to a degree.

It would be nice if it maintained the ‘feel’ of Byron, but really what is that now?

I propose that we encourage the developer to use good local builders, and not bring in interstate construction companies. I propose that the roads are green bitumen, not black, and that when you lick the bitumen you get really high… so high, that it almost feels like Byron Bay in 1972, when humans were outnumbered by marijuana plants, perfect waves and whale carcasses.

I propose that the new house sites have a centralised communal composting facility for organic waste, where residents can access the facility and get liquid fertiliser for their gardens.

How about an edible landscape with fruit trees on the sidewalks, shade, and community gardens where people can meet and grow their own hooch, tomatoes and beans?

Really there should be a centralised business ‘hot house’ with office spaces where people can work from home but be out of the house and in an office environment, brainstorming with other creative weirdos.

What else?

How about a hot-air balloon launching platform for people who fart too much? … oh and one of Kelly Slater’s wave pools on the southern front, where we can go and catch landwaves while listening to podcasts about the old days and how people used to catch trains and eat food by chewing.

Come on Byron, make it a bit bent. Stuff it, get the developer and architects to take some proper hallucinogenic drugs and design the place so nature sings. If any council can get that over the line, it is Byron Shire Council; I mean they have so much free time on their hands while they let the roads and infrastructure go to shit and charge us $50 a week to empty a rubbish bin!

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  1. ” – but this land will be developed”
    I honestly don’t think so.
    There was a lot that went wrong with the 2014 rezoning process.
    That smiley Premier Baird left a lot of stains when he ran out the door.

  2. Hi. I saw the new development plans for land and housing in West Byron. And my first thought was how is that going to impact traffic on Ewingsdale Rd? And parking in Byron itself as more and more people move in.  One solution I have thought is to have a multilevel parking construction at the highway end of Ewingsdale Rd, with a very frequent shuttle bus service into town.  Also a regular shuttle service operating throughout West Byron and into town so people living there could leave their cars behind. Extra parking could also be provided in town by construction of a multi  level parking station

    I don’t live in Byron now, I have a house in Bangalow which I am soon to return to, from QLD. I could benefit from either parking station. Bangalow parking is another issue but I wont address that here.

    Jillian Watt


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