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Local Greens split over Byron bypass

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Division continues within the local Greens membership, with the Byron Greens convener telling Echonetdaily that claims over the Byron bypass  by acting mayor Michael Lyon in Echonetdaily were incorrect.

Byron Greens convener and former councillor Duncan Dey told Echonetdaily that the Byron Greens was the ‘local group’ mentioned in the mayor’s column, published in last week’s Echo.

Dey said, ‘We wish to clarify that the group has not been “consulted” nor taken a position for or against the current Byron Bay bypass project’.

‘The Greens oppose biobanking and locally we have expressed concern to Greens councillors that biobanking was fundamental in gaining approval for this bypass route’.

Biobanking, as explained in last week’s Echonetdaily, involves taking ‘credits’ when removing/destroying native habitat, and compensating for it with similar biodiversity plantings elsewhere.

Consultation v discussion

Cr Lyon told Echonetdaily, ‘We have a different view of what consultation is – this issue was discussed with the local group [Byron Greens] at the time the decision was being made’.

‘The local group left it in our hands to determine and, as Duncan says, did not form an opinion one way or the other.

‘It was discussed, and this is consultation in my book.

‘I share the concerns over biobanking and believe there is nothing stopping us from doing more as additional compensation for the loss of vegetation’.

Dey added, ‘The mayor’s column read like the Byron Greens supports Michael’s position’.

‘So far, the group is neither for or against – we have not been consulted.

‘I disagree with Michael that an impromptu discussion is consultation’.

No public forum on bypass

Calls by local Greens MP Tamara Smith for a public forum on the Byron bypass have fallen flat owing to Greens councillors being unsupportive.

No councillor support

Mr Dey says, ‘The Greens aren’t planning a public meeting at this (late) stage. If councillors were on side, it would have value. Personally, I’d support it’, he said. ‘I expressed my dissatisfaction with the route about to be built in my Notice of Motion to the August 2014 meeting of Council.

‘I still hold that same view’.

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  1. The bypass through Byron bay needs to be built . There is nothing clearer but the route selected is totally wrong for so many reasons , community , wetlands and actual effectiveness
    The railway corridor was selected as the best option by a EIS conducted in 2001 by the NSW govt and looked at the total impact .
    The rail corridor route is mainly invasive weeds , pine trees ? ,umbrella trees , palm trees and other weeds . The native wetlands are another matter through which the council is planning to destroy . Cutting through the middle of the wetlands will destroy the other section cut off and there is no access for animals to cross the road cut though the middle .
    The rail corridor is the correct route and it is more flexible for lengthening it at a later stage

  2. Bio banking can not compensate for the loss of the critically endangered Mitchell’s Rainforest snail- the Cumbebin Wetland being one of the last surviving habitats for this listed critter.
    Park and ride is the only sustainable option for our tourists-take the solar train into a less congested town centre and enjoy a unique Byron experience!

  3. As an interim short term measure (which may just stay there for the next 25years while this is sorted) Why not just make a few places along the way ,which already exist so that I can drive from the HIgh school to the Farmers Market without having to go through the centre of town .!!!!! I suggest I opening the gate across the crossing at the back of the Rails The road is there the gate is there it is just blocked. and making another crossing further back towards the mitre 10 corner. May need a bit more work anything would be better than nothing. . Start small . and test it . I am sure that anything would be better than what we have which is everyone through the Jonson st. roundabout with no alternative except at the very end when some clever locals go down the lane by the bakery and out at the carpark exit . A small gain sometimes with this one.
    THERE APPEARS TO BE NO COMMON SENSE AND ONE OF THE PROBLEMS AS I SEE IT IS THAT THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS IS IN MULLUMBIMBY SO IT DOESNT AFFECT THE PLANNERS AND DECIDERS ON A DAILY BASIS AS IT DOES US BYRONITES PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE COULD WE HAVE SOME COMMONSENSE ON THIS. Open up a couple of gates for pitys sake. And while we are about it how about a crossing move to in front of the new woolies mercato complex. We are all shambling across the new gardens and there is no crossing …. nobody seems to look what is happening on the ground . tHE PLANNERS SEEM TO BE IN THE VIRTUAL WORLD WHILE MAYHEM AND BEDLAM PREVAIL IN THE REAL WORLD.


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