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West Byron will be bigger and more dense than Sunrise and the Arts and Industry Estate combined say the Byron Residents’ Group. Image supplied.

It is time to get your boots on, banners out and voices limbered up for a major rally being held on Sunday June 17 at 10am at Apex Park, Byron Bay to express community outrage at the West Byron development proposal. If you have meant to do something to show your opposition to the development but haven’t quite managed it yet – then now is the time to do it.

The Northern Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP) will be deciding on the two contentious development applications (DAs) on a large parcel of land opposite the Arts Industry Estate on Ewingsdale Road. The proposal is not supported by the Byron Shire council and is opposed by NSW Labor and Greens, while local Nationals MLC Ben Franklin has expressed concerns over the development proposal.

While in March the ‘NSW planning minister Anthony Roberts (Liberal) told parliament he has no role in determining the development… his comments also are at odds with a letter he sent to Council in 2017, where he threatened to personally intervene unless a development control plan for West Byron is produced to his liking – and timing.’

As previously reported by Echonetdaily ‘the proposal suggests 668 residential blocks, two business lots, two industrial lots, one recreation lot and four residue lots.’ These will be broken up into two sections ‘One DA is being put forward by a collective of ‘locals’ while the other is by Sydney based developer Terry Agnew and Queensland based construction company Villa World.’

According to the Byron Residents Group who are organising the rally the size of the ‘mega suburb’ will be equal to more than twice the ‘size of Sunrise – that’s before the secondary dwellings that will (inevitably) get built.’

The rally is being organised ahead of the JRPP community hearing meeting that is scheduled for June 19 at the Mullumbimby Council chambers from 3.30pm.

‘There are two sessions of two hours each which is not a lot of time for everyone to be heard,’ said a spokesperson for the Byron Residents Group.

Get involved

The Byron Residents Group are calling for people to not only come to the rally but to get involved in organising it and spreading the word. They need help to put up posters, prepare T-shirts and banners, collect signatures and donations and marshalling the crowd.

A banner painting party will be taking place on Saturday, June 16 where you can ‘paint a banner, drink tea, or just throw in ideas for slogans to go on a banner’, said organiser Deborah Lilly.

Bring materials if you have some to spare and a plate to share. For more info call Deborah on 6684 3723.

If you have the time and energy to help beforehand or during the event then email Byron Residents’ Group [email protected] and if not make sure you turn up to the rally to get your voice heard.

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  1. It is time to get your pens out, right, and write to the NSW minister for Planning and to the Byron Echo about the bad planning in Byron Bay that the government is foisting onto Byron residents.
    The town of Byron Bay is becoming a Hospital case of urbanisation, congestion and pollution.

  2. We insist the the will of the people in a democratic society will not be downtrodden by ministerial/developer diktat. There is no place for autocratic bullying in Byron Bay or anywhere in Australia. This proposed development is a gross insult to our community and our environment: it must be opposed!

  3. I will attend in sprit as I will be flying back from Germany. I have already put in a submission objecting to the proposed development. Please attend if you can. People power can be successful.

  4. West Byron will give me a chance to afford to buy a house in Byron Bay!

    The way I see it, West Byron will degrade the town so much that all the rich and privileged residents will want to sell out and move .
    Add all the West Byron lots and there will be a glut of real estate for sale and pushing prices down. Then maybe I will be able to afford a house in Byron Bay.

    And… I don’t give a damn about the environment as long as I have some money and surf.

  5. Byron Bay is an embarrassing joke. Road congestion is worse than major cities, third world roads with potholes, drugged up dropouts on the streets, expensive restaurants and shops exploiting the word “organic” to justify high prices, lack of respectable walking sidewalks and paths, unkept properties etc. Noosa is far more appealing and streets ahead.


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