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Parklands enlisting patrons to make submissions

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I live in South Golden Beach and we are still trying to stop the destruction of our community by North Byron Parklands which has already fractured our small community with the 35,000+ people attending the current two festivals and now wanting to increase that to 50,000+ with monthly events!

Our problems are exacerbated by the fact that Parklands encourages all its patrons to put in submissions in favour of it, skewing the numbers so it looks like most people want to destroy this area. The mind boggles as to the effect on things such as our water supply, the traffic  jams on our potholed roads and the lack of affordable rentals, let alone the poor wildlife that live in the nature reserve next door.

The proposal for the increase in numbers, plus becoming a ‘state significant site’ (ie complete loss of any say by locals), is now on display and submissions for or against can be lodged.

A meeting has been planned for locals to have their say but thanks to Byron Council, who were asked where to hold the meeting, it won’t be held here but at Mullum farmers market on 2/2.

I have tried to speak to the council manager of submissions  who made this recommendation but of course in typical Byron council way of doing things that person is on leave!

This is a big call out to residents of Byron Shire who care about something other than money to put in a submission against this mega destruction of the place we love. Here is the website:  http://www.majorprojects.planning.nsw.gov.au/index.pl?action=view_job&job_id=8169

The community can meet with DoP representatives on on Friday, February 2, at at the Mullum Market from 7am till 11am and now also at the Ocean Shores Shopping Centre from 12.30pm till 2pm. They will be there to answer questions, help with due process, and listen to community. – Ed


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