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April 18, 2021

Mayor stands by staff’s lack of transparency

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While protests continue around construction of the Butler Street bypass, Council staff have undertaken the large infrastructure project without a contamination report or providing proof that they have met requirements of Land &Environment Court orders – as reported last week.

Given Council staff have dismissed the public’s right to be informed of all the details required for the bypass project to be undertaken, The Echo asked Greens mayor Simon Richardson: ‘Why is this going ahead without these vital docs being made public? Given this undermines Council’s credibility, are you prepared to make this info available ASAP so the public have confidence that good process has been adhered to? While in opposition, you were very vocal about poor process. This is poor process, isn’t it?’ 

The mayor replied, ‘The works undertaken to date by the contractor are only within areas covered by the Part 5 Review of Environmental Factors and not by the Development Consent (LEC Condition)’.  

Advised it is satisfactory

‘In preparation for works within the part 4 area (LEC approval condition), the project team have submitted all relevant pre-construction management plans under the consent for approval to Council.  

‘The pre-construction management plans have been assessed by SEE, and the project team have been advised that they satisfy the requirements’.

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  1. Blabber, much? This seals it. Time to resign, ex-Mayor of Byron Shire.
    They smirk now but this Bypass will be a lifelong albatross around the necks of all those whom approved it. Mark these words.

  2. Cover-up of poisoning event caused by exactly the same council staff, and Mayor, has now been proven by independent analysis carried out by SCU. Why would anyone believe them?


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