Community must resist West Byron

Maxime Deffet, Sunrise.

Following the West Byron community meeting held on main beach this Sunday I would like to remind all the members of the state government that have been approving this development that the Byron community will not let this happen without a fight.

I would like to address my concern in three distinct points.

First of all, I’m asking the state government for an open answer explaining clearly their process of approval for such a massive project as well as a transparent justification about the approval of land rezoning. More than anything, this has sounded like a friend-to-friend agreement without any regards to the community and its environment…shocking.

Secondly, the Belongil creek seems to be absolutely not taken into account. Where clean water should actually go through and enhance this ecosystem, what is left to us is a reserve I would not want to walk through in such a poor condition as it is.  I would not even recommend anyone to go swim in it at this stage, it is so polluted.

With a community that has such a strong environmental value, I’m surprised that the local government does not put additional effort to protect the natural diversity of that area.

Having been personally involved in the community panel concerning the prioritisation of the infrastructures in the shire and its funding, I know that the local government is doing its best with what it’s got. For that reason, I’m pointing my finger to the state government and asking for clear and transparent explanations. I want answers before we’re presented with a done deal, which would put all additional cost on the community (water treatment, depollution, new water drainage and so on).

Thirdly, I would like to understand through which process the decision has been made to potentially increase the population of Byron by roughly 75 per cent (from around 3,000 houses to 5,000) increasing the amount of traffic of more than 10,000 car trips daily. What kind of justification can the state government bring to the table to explain that Byron should increase in such proportion, when we know that the size of the town is limited due to its own landscape?

There are a lot of challenges in front of Byron and I have no doubt that its community is up to the task. Let’s fix the mistake that have been done and find a consensus that could benefits all parties. Nevertheless, let’s not underestimate the challenge, the result of this arm wrestling will determine if the beautiful Byron’s community will survive as it is today.


4 responses to “Community must resist West Byron”

  1. Gareth Smith says:

    Good on you, Maxine, for being so active for us all and our environment. You have provided us all with an excellent example to follow. Now where’s the NSW pollies’ addresses?

  2. Liz L says:

    Can anyone provide a link to the recordings of yesterday’s JRPP meetings?

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