Ian Cohen, Broken Head
I note with ‘grave’ enthusiasm the full-page advert in last week’s Echo stating that Labor stands with our community on West Byron, backed by the earth-toned socialist (very warming) red of the once-great reformist party of our democracy.
While our community should welcome support from all quarters it was the state ALP under the newby planning minister Kristina Keneally, later progressing to premier (wasn’t the now discredited and jailed Eddie Obeid her strong supporter?) who called in the West Byron development, thus removing the decision from the hands of Byron Shire Council at the time. The impact of her decision is still reverberating.
So Justine, where were you standing and what did you do as a senior party member and local elected representative when the ‘community robbing’ decisions were made and what did you do to wind back such a developer-friendly action?
I’ll let the readers ponder that one as the advert-heralded election comes our way.