Cr Paul Spooner, Byron Shire Council
Ah, nothing like a conspiracy theory to get Echonetdaily juices flowing.
If you believe certain correspondents it appears local councillors are a bunch of illiterate nut jobs drinking way too much kool aid supplied courtesy of the executive staff.
While this may be an entertaining image, it is simply wrong.
A case in point: The majority of councillors supported the approval and construction of the Byron Bay bypass in full knowledge of the facts.
Yes, it goes through a wetland, that is why the project required a development application to be submitted.
Yes, there is an endangered snail present in the area, that is why it required offset credits through a bio-banking arrangement.
Yes, the project requires land fill because it was going through a wetland.
The uncomplicated fact is that councillors voted to support the bypass because of the growing traffic congestion when trying to get into and through Byron Bay.
This position was ultimately supported by Labor, Greens and Nationals on council as the alternative of using the transport corridor, was rejected.
To argue to do nothing or block this from happening would be a complete failure of our local government body to fulfil its legislated role.
Documents relating to the Byron Bay bypass are available on council’s website.
Have a good end of 2019 and may we all travel better in 2020!