Dr Antoinette Ensbey, Bangalow.
The development of West Byron is the next drop of poison on a fragile coastal environment. The neighbouring coastal wetlands are indispensable for the life cycle of land- and ocean-dwelling species. This big-scale urbanisation can only have a disastrous effect.
Byron is undeniably at a threshold of overdevelopment. We are fooling ourselves if we believe that Byron and its surrounds are environmentally sound.
The green hills, the beautiful bays and the stunning blue ocean distract from the unseen struggles of wildlife species.
Urban sprawl is a major contributor to climate change. It is dangerously wrong to think that trees and shrubs between houses and street networks will counteract the impact of climate change.
Every piece of human intrusion needs to acknowledge the potential shockwaves that run through the natural world. The West Byron development must be a shockwave of great proportions. We can’t afford it. The planet can’t afford it.
Here’s to a sustained protection of broad wildlife corridors that really serve the needs of wildlife species. We need the antithesis to destruction and we need it now.