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April 19, 2021

Protestors and construction company set for showdown at Byron Bypass site

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Despite Extinction Rebellion (XR) protesters setting up camp, Council and project contractors Hazell Bros claim the controversial Butler Street bypass works are on track.  

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Byron Shire Council has handed over possession of the bypass construction zone to the Burleigh Heads based company. 

A Hazell Bros spokesperson told The Echo that he has spoken with protesters and that he expects to begin work next week, on schedule.

But the protestors, who call themselves passionate planet protectors, have vowed to block the construction operation – standing between them and the wetland that will be cleared to build the Bypass.

They said any concerns about the project should be directed at Council.

A Council spokesperson told The Echo, ‘The safety of staff, contractors, and members of the public during the construction of the bypass is a key priority for Council’.

Yet spokesperson for the Extinction Rebellion action, Sherrie Yeomans, told The Echo, ‘We are here onsite, on the Butler Street Reserve building momentum. We have about 20 people staying onsite, and a lot of people coming and going – there’s a lot of support.’

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  1. When we (the Community) first carried out civil disobedience the Greens were our allies … now they are the enemy, the antagonists in this very sorry story.

    Will we see Simon, Michael, Jeanette and Sarah standing behind the Police lines as the protectors are dragged off ?

    OMG … what has happened to our once close-knit community ?

  2. Completely agree Rossco …where will Greens Councillors stand…. behind the bulldozers or in front ? I moved here only 20 mths ago (after thinking about it for 30 yrs) BECAUSE of a Green council & my many beloved “green” friends. I was shocked to hear by many people I trust, that Byron Greens councillors were only light Green at best & often supported development. WE HAVE SEEN ENOUGH development in once beautiful Byron and the changes I have seen are certainly not positive & do not enhance our community. The developers are ONLY concerned with profit & the community looses out each time. Why must our species continually kill the goose that lays the golden egg and we NEVER learn from this ?? Hail the snail I say and that’s just another reason I moved here, as I believed that other people would also care for the endangered snail.

  3. Pandering to ever increasing gridlocks of cars, will only increase further gridlocks of cars.

    Pushbikes are the answer.

    A simple and far cheaper Marvell St extension across the rail line would suffice as the bypass, and not affect Butler St residents, and leave our pristine wetands to the northwest of Mitre-10 untouched.

    This was costed at only $650,000 in 2011.

    The only real advantage of any bypass, is to create TWO entry and exit points at the police station roundabout, to facilitate traffic throughput, instead of the present ONE, via Lawson St alone.

    How much more crucifixion does this poor, once iconic town, need to be inflicted, before commonsense prevails??

  4. What happened to what was a close knit community in the 1960s was that a lot of then young people came to this area with new ideas, including a strong regard for the environment. The resultant resistance to development has left the Bay a very attractive place for visitors and well off sea changers.

    What goes around comes around. Byron Bay will never be a close knit blue collar town again nor will it be a cheap laid back surfie town again. I hope its residents keep it an attractive and dynamic place, and as part of that follow Tim’s advice and make cycling part of the solution.

  5. As a 50 years Byron lover, residing in Sydney due to life circumstances, I find it deeply distressing the dysharmony demonstrated by a proposal for by-pass, extremely fussy pointing, but basically , a “sign of the times”. Sadly, we can’t return to pre-sandhill mining years. My Byron soul is still there. However capitalism has substituted for “green”, ironically US dollars are a metaphor, greenbacks, and oppose its money grabbing proposals, ‘common’ sense is required.

    In busy times, it is clear there is a traffic knot at the Police Station roundabout. There are acres and acres of swamp in untouched state, and protection of this needs to be balanced by protection of the main town thoroughfare , -given there are no other exit points to the Oacific Highway until at minimum, Ross Lane, Lennox Head.


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