Ron Curran, Ocean Shores
Once again, Byron Shire Council isn’t listening.
It appears the Byron Bay Memorial Recreation Grounds are once again under threat, being scrutinised and considered for leasing out to private commercial interests. It’s prime CBD real estate indeed!
In December 2017 the same masterplan ‘overlords’ attempted exactly the same manoeuvre – that is, less than 18 months ago. They were met with widespread community opposition and there was a big protest at the Recreation Grounds.
What is going on here? Does the council not get it? What has changed in the last 18 months that the council should again be pushing up against the community here?
The council at the time assured everyone at the meeting that this would not happen again and that it was all just simply some kind of bureaucratic error in the drafting. Yet here we go again.
The Recreation Grounds were established by the original community of Byron Bay, specifically as a sports and recreational green area. It was a big community project, largely supported by and paid for by the charity and the hard work of the community, and the grounds were dedicated in perpetuity as such.
It was not set up to become a parking lot or a venue for fast-food joints, or given over in whatever way to private commercial interest.
Why are Council making so many errors, and such publicly obvious ones, like the roundabout sculpture etc? Why are they ignoring their constituents? Do they want the developers to jump back on board at the next election?
Would someone please pinch me and tell me I’m dreaming.