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