Dailan Pugh, Byron Bay
I am alarmed by the council ads informing us that they are seeking tenders from four developers for their proposals for the redevelopment of the old eight hectare South Byron Sewerage Treatment Plant.
By leaving it up to developers to decide what they want for the site, council has the whole process around the wrong way.
The first step should have been to identify the most environmentally significant areas, such as the old sewerage ponds that are now important wetlands and the Endangered Ecological Communities, and socially important areas, such as the walking/bicycle track, which need to be retained under community ownership and management.
Then council should have assessed what the community wants for the site. Allowing for community open space is an option, or even purchase by the NPWS for addition to the Arakwal National Park.
Instead Council undertook a secretive expression of interest process that didn’t specify land use or development requirements for the site and was open to all viable proposals.
Even after they shortlisted four developers they refused to tell us what they proposed.
Now they have moved to a tender process, and it is only after they have selected their preferred tender that they will tell the community what development they have decided on.
This is an outrageous process for important community land, and is another example of contempt for due environmental protection and community consultation by this Council.