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The Byron Residents’ Group has issued a shout out to locals to rally at the Byron Shire Council chambers at 1pm today, where the Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP) is set to decide the future of the ‘local’ plan for a massive new development at West Byron.

Opposition to the plan, which has already been recommended for refusal by Byron Shire Council, has ratcheted up further with a blitz of last-minute changes to the application in the last few days.

Residents Group founder, Cr Cate Coorey said a show of numbers was vital to show the panel how great the opposition to the project was.

She added she was ‘getting the impression it [the meeting] will be packed’.

‘My phone’s been going off with people saying they’re going to be coming; I suspect we’ll spill out into the street,’ Cr Coorey told Echonetdaily.

She said councillors had received ‘no indication from the JRPP as to which way the panel was leaning.

‘There’s a “Chinese wall” so councillors are not part of the process if they’ve already voted on it.

No Byron Shire councillors would be sitting on the panel, she said.

‘Because there is no Byron councillor who hasn’t been involved in the process, Tweed mayor Katie Milne and Lismore deputy mayor Elly Bird will act as the community representatives, she added.

Cr Coorey was adamant the late addition of so much new information made the prospect of the panel making a considered decision impossible.

‘Heaps of the docs weren’t avail until last week – we’re looking at a development that adds 20 per cent growth to Byron in one fell swoop, with 1 week to look at latest data.

‘There is lot of unhappiness about that. And the JRPP website hasn’t been working properly so I couldn’t download all the docs,’ she said.

The JRPP meeting commences at Byron Shire Council chambers at 1pm.

 


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2 COMMENTS

  1. so what would be the name of the band “parkway drive” if the original ewingsdale subdivision didn’t go ahead years ago ?
    the subdivision will happen eventually the problem is that it could have been a world leading environmentally mindful project but by completely opposing it your going to get lumped with the shitty alternative.

    people have to live somewhere be it rental, hi or low cost housing or holiday accomodation. we need to work together for better outcomes not just take opposing sides as one side will always lose. the best option the council has is to make it cat and dog free and make sure plenty of native only trees are plated in the area as opposed to most of byron which seems to be covered in ever increasing amounts of camphor laurel

    have a good day people

    larry

  2. The community shouldn’t be surprised at the introduction of new information at the last minute as this has happened before with the JRPP Northern putting up information at the death knell for the Manufactured Homes Estate on the State Heritage Listed Evans Head Memorial Aerodrome in August last year leaving no time for the public to make proper comment. From the point of view of procedural fairness such action is unconscionable but in my view the JRPP and the State government seem quite prepared to accept such action which says a great deal about standards, the rule of law and respect for local people and their arguments.
    Fundamental to all these processes is a question about the independence of the JRPP? Who appointed the members of the JRPP? No prizes for guessing!!
    From where I sit the JRPP is just a rubber stamp for the State government and its push to convert northern NSW to another Gold Coast which will destroy the very reason many of us live here.
    Cui Bono? Certainly not us. This is but another episode of the ‘death of the north’ by a thousand cuts with the Cudgen Hospital proposal looming in the background as the State bulldozes its way through what’s left of what was once a proper planning process.

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