Jo Faith, Newtown
It was years ago that The Echo published a story on the proposed development of West Byron. Dailan Pugh was photographed pleading the rights of biodiversity and the rights of nature including all species that were threatened by this proposed development.
Immediately following this article the energetic councillor Cate Coorey was inspired to initiate the community groups Byron Residents Group (BRG) and CABS (Community Alliance Byron Shire). She stated ‘I read this article and thought Dailan needed help’.
Well to be truthful it could be said that the community needed help too. Cate saw to that. These community groups continue to be remarkable in their professionalism and willingness to keep the highest principles operative for a healthy community.
A massive groundswell of residents/activists arose and we now have a positive result with the denial by the NRPP of the proposed development of Villa World.
Supporting every move were the diligent crew at The Echo, who informed the public of the progress of the campaign. A remarkable collective community with a vision won this aspect of the West Byron campaign.
What more could a healthy community want? Enjoy and spread the good ju ju. Byron is an example to many communities despite the ongoing struggles to come. Congrats to all.