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May 14, 2021

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Another sign that the Byron bypass has nothing to do with traffic problems and everything to do with shadowy real estate sharks has come to light. 

Acting on information supplied by a resident I cunningly disguised myself as an ageing hippy dipshit and got into a chat with an employee of the site electrical contractor.

He confirmed that not only one but quite a few large electrical cables have been laid under Butler Street, designed to carry three-phase power (commercial) and measuring 240 Noz, by which he must have meant circumference. His hands described a cable about 75 mm thick, which fits in with what my informant saw too. When I went back to confirm a detail the worker had clammed up. It seems that not only the lead contractors Hazell Bros but the subcontractors too are sworn to silence with an appropriate clause in their contracts. 

A clue came earlier last year when someone indirectly connected to Council staff suggested to Butler Street residents that they would get their land rezoned ‘commercial’ if they toed the line.

What I see ahead is that the bypass will no longer be a bypass; it will become an extension of the CBD. Some bright spark will then inevitably move to get Jonson Street made into a pedestrian mall, meaning that the ‘bypass’ will actually become the main drag traffic-wise, and that calls will soon arise to create a real bypass farther out of town, which will further compromise the Cumbebin swamp and so on.

These real estate types and their ex-politician pimps (the people who really give the orders in this Shire) certainly plan that far ahead. With Simon at the helm they’ve got an excellent chance of success.

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  1. Oh dear, Fast Buck$. You are really running the risk of being struck from the christmas card list of your former BFF Simon Richardson. He’s reading your letter and feeling sad.
    So, thanks to the legendary, front line efforts of Fast Buck$, who in a single letter to the Editor captures more sense of humour than the entire BSC does in a year- we have simple questions for the Mayor Simon. Lets all ask them. Turn them into a song! Have fun with it.

    1. Why are three-phase commerical electrical systems being installed on Butler St, contrary to zoning and your promises? ( And why do the contractors have Non Disclosure Agreements, that’s a bit odd isn’t it?)

    2. Whats a break down of the actual costs involved for your Butler St project, how do they warrant the JRRP?

    The third question is ‘When are you resigning?’

  2. The main 11kV overhead feeder power lines into the CBD travel along Ewingsdale Rd to the Kendall St intersection, they then head south to Byron St and follows the town drain to Milton St when it again turns south and thru the back of Butler St Reserve (Old garbage dump). They zip across in front of the Arts Factory and then turns east behind the houses in Gordon St and Little Burns St and in front of Glen Villa . It is here that the dual 11kV main feeders split and feed onto 2 poles before going underground below the railway corridor and thru easements within the Mercato site . Putting these overhead 11kV main feeders underground and upgrading would seem like normal practice in an expanding CBD . I have seen many upgrades and expansions of the electricity network in Byron Bay during my 32 years as an electrical contractor . If and when Glen Villa is expanded on its existing approved DA the extra power will be required . When the old Woolies site and the site north of it are redeveloped the powerlines will probably further upgrading and an extra 11kV feeder run from the Ewingsdale substation . With the West Byron release another feeder line will also possibly be required .

  3. The spark won’t need to be too bright – or original – to suggest a pedestrian mall for Johnson St. This has long been mooted. If so, what will be the nett impact of the bypass? SFA


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