Paul Jones, BSCN
The Butler Street Community Network (BSCN) are writing to the Byron Shire Greens in relation to Michael Lyon’s performance as acting mayor and his candidature for the seat of Richmond. Michael is disregarding Tamara Smith’s requests and her mandate for a halt to the Byron Bay bypass.
This is a road that will change Byron Bay forever. It has been foisted on us with no community consultation. It will seriously impact on the Byron Markets, pedestrian amenity, a heritage residential conservation area, and a protected old-growth wetland habitat.
Michael dismisses our community concerns as simply the voice of a minority and pressed the case for the bypass with the usual set of misinformation provided by Council staff.
Michael doesn’t seem to concern himself with Green principles and has no qualms supporting and legitimising the questionable process that has led to the Butler Street bypass project. We believe Michael does not deserve to represent the Greens.
A review of the bypass has been called for by the elected member for our region Tamara Smith.
Michael must step aside from Greens candidature and declare himself an independent.