20.5 C
Byron Shire
April 11, 2021

Acting mayor says he has ‘broad community support’ over bypass

Latest News

A win for the roughy

The battle for the 'roughy had been a tough road for conservationists and hopefully this win will be the last fight.

Other News

Waking up with a sick feeling in my gut

Horst Tietze, Mullumbimby Thank you to Mandy Nolan for publishing her courageous account of growing up as a young woman...

ANZAC Day with a difference in Lismore

The Northern Rivers peace group ‘Remembering and Healing’ (RaH), now in its twelfth year, is organising two public events for ANZAC Day to remember the suffering war brings on all sides, and to make a strong commitment to peace and non-violence.

Lens on Lennox photo competition is open

Entries are now open for the Lennox Head Lions Club's annual photographic competition, on the theme of 'Lennox Head, Then and Now'.

Cartoon of the week – 7 April, 2021

We love to receive letters, but not every letter will be published; the publication of letters is at the discretion of the online and print letters editors.

Shearwater almost perfect with 99kW solar

Shearwater, the Mullumbimby Steiner School, has made the switch to solar, installing a 99 kW system to power the school into the future.

Sick to my stomach

Gabi Giacomin, Ocean Shores I cannot believe it! We have voted for a Green MP, a Green Council, we have...

Hans Lovejoy

Acting mayor Michael Lyon (Greens) has defended Council’s governance, claiming there is ‘broad community support’ for the Butler bypass project.

The Echo asked, ‘Since Tamara Smith (Greens) was re-elected with a majority of around 55/45 last week, have you changed your attitude towards large developments underway, especially in Byron CBD? Smith was the only candidate who ran on a platform of pausing major developments, yet the Greens in Council appear to have a completely different view.

‘Given the election was a clear result in terms of public sentiment for many issues, including development, will you work with Ms Smith to get a better outcome than is currently underway?’ 

He replied, ‘This is a collegiate Council focused on good governance’.

‘Case in point is the [Byron] bypass, which, despite the disproportionate airplay [The Echo] gives detractors, has broad community support.

‘Many would-be Greens voters communicated to me that the one concern they had if Tamara Smith were elected was that the bypass would be halted. I assured them there were plenty of other very good reasons to vote Greens and my feeling is that local development had little to do with us holding Ballina’.

Greens mentors?

Another Echo question was, ‘Who mentors the Greens councillors? Are there any? Given the Greens councillors do not have any relationship with the elder/retired Greens, is your only guidance and mentorship with staff? If so, how does that benefit the community?’

Lyon replied, ‘I have good relationships with many of the elder crew, including Tom [Tabart], Ian [Cohen] and Duncan [Dey] to name a few as well as many of the older crew behind the scenes. There are plenty of mentors and their experience is invaluable’.

♦ The Echo stands by its coverage of those affected by the bypass and bus interchange. Responsible media should give a voice to those affected by large developments and question transparency and process, especially Council-state government led developments such as these – Editor.

Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.


  1. Yes I have spoken to Michael infrequently, shire issues like the bypass were mentioned but never discussed as like Simon he has his own inflexible opinions which I suspect are the result of staff influence.
    As soon as I left council any meaningfull communication with the “elders” or “retired” green councillors was curtailed by Simon with the tacit concurrence of Michael and the passive ignorance of the other two.
    Greens meetings became totally frustrating with Simon filibustering over any motion or suggestion that didn’t suit his agenda and the few members attending mainly part of the ‘Simon can do no wrong’ cheer squad.
    The Byron Greens have been desperately in need of an injection of shire history and council governance knowledge for a long time.
    Numbers may have increased but in inverse proportion to understanding of what’s going on.

  2. I’d like to know on what indicators, Cr Lyon is basing his claim of ‘broad community support’. Talking to a few ‘would-be Greens supporters’ isn’t that robust a method.

    There are bypasses and bypasses. Did Tamara Smith really oppose a bypass or did she simply raise with the appropriate authority, the possibility of utilising the rail corridor rather than ploughing through wetlands and ruining the amenity of a residential area without compensation. From memory it was the Labor councillors and Cate Coorey who supported such an investigation. I don’t recall there being much support from elsewhere.

    I think the Butler Street community has been treated abysmally.

  3. The ‘Bypass’ is no longer a bypass. Council has Adopted to turn Butler st into a shopping street by extending the commercial CBD zoning to Butler St, with consent for an increase of height to ‘3’ storeys fo the new shopping streets commercial activities ( and for the Council Adopted Masterplan proposed multistorey flats on the Butler St Reserve) . Whatever the original farce of a Butler St ‘bypass’, the farce has descended into a road for a Masterplan development area, for similar Butler St developments as the recently JRPP Rejected bottom-of-Jonson st 4 storey mall like developments (but denser as Council has now prohibited more than one parking spot per unit, ie more development space, and more cars looking for street parking – on the farce of an allegation that it would reduce cars in the CBD). A CBD shopping street cant be a free flowing ‘bypass’.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Maybe Canberra needs a bit of distraction biff

Mick breathed in but his Cronulla Sharks football jersey struggled to contain his well-insulated six-pack and he held up his hand as he approached Bazza in the front bar of the Top Pub.

Council crews working hard to repair potholes

Tweed Shire Council road maintenance crews are out across the Tweed's road network repairing potholes and other damage caused by the recent prolonged rainfall and previous flood events.

Poor Pauline

Bob Vinnicombe, Sefton A lot of hypocrisy from Labor and The Greens about respect for women. Look at the treatment they dished out to Pauline...

New film celebrates getting back outside

'Free From Lockdown: Back Out in Nature' is a new short film in which a group of disabled and non-disabled performers from the Northern Rivers celebrate being in nature after COVID lockdown.