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Developers, Club Med and holding the line

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It seems to me that very few of those attacking The Echo for criticising the Green councillors remember the events of the nineties.

In that decade we had a full-scale invasion by developers attempting to treat Byron Bay as a suburb of the Gold Coast, culminating in Club Med announcing that its next mega-resort would be built on the land adjoining Belongil Creek.

Well, as you may have noticed, newcomers and those with poor memories, there is no Club Med in Byron Bay.

But if the current councillors had been in charge back then, we would have heard how it was impossible to stop all development, and that as Greens we should strive to ameliorate the worst of Club Med’s plans. After lengthy negotiations we would then learn that the development application had been approved, but with substantial modifications to protect the environment.

A win-win situation for all of us, no doubt.

I prefer my Greens council to fight for biodiversity, to resist the blandishments of developers, and to stand up to the staff bureaucracy that always seeks to minimise conflict by giving wealthy vested interests what they want.


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1 COMMENT

  1. No Club Med but we got a massive resort resort in the Elements of Byron ! Just a stalling effect that was welcomed by many but decried by some . Yes I supported the Club Med .
    The only difference between Club Med and Elements is the owners nationality and the clientele. Club Med targets families with children .

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