Paul Jones, Butler St C’ty Network Inc
This week I labelled the proposed Butler Street bypass a destructive and retarded piece of urbanism. This piece of poop has a long history of various strategies but the final outcome is the result of some very determined bastardry, cunning manipulations and wilful stupidity.
The final stages of this local drama have been overseen by the Byron Greens, and what a major disappointment they turned out to be.
Elected under the banner of the Australian Greens they abandoned their key principles with such astounding disregard that we as a community are left stunned and depressed.
Simon Richardson and his cohorts have made no attempt to facilitate dialogue with our community and every attempt we’ve made has been met with derision, diversion or simply ignored.
They’ve carried on with grand plans of urban transformation. Simon Richardson set up the Masterplan Project and he got exactly the outcome he wanted. Our community concerns were roundly ignored in the process, our heritage neighbourhood extinguished from the maps and plans as we were slated for the CBD expansion area.
Our concerted efforts to set out an alternative more effective bypass to avoid huge ecological, heritage and social impacts were trashed. The destruction of wetlands and the wholesale sell out to profiteers of our community should now alert voters to what is actually going on in the Byron Greens. They should be banned from any association with the Australian Greens movement.