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Tim Winton-Brown, Mullumbimby

As the world spins around for another year, how is it possible that going into 2020, Byron Bay is constructing a bypass road through a wetland that is home to a critically endangered species?

How was this allowed to happen? Especially when right next to the wetland is a railway corridor that can be partially appropriated for the road? The corridor is wide enough to take the road, the rail line, and a bike path.

Australia’s national strategy for nature 2019–2030 states that the vision for our country’s biodiversity strategy is that, ‘Australia’s nature, now and into the future, is healthy and resilient to threats, understood, and valued both in its own right and for its essential contribution to our health, wellbeing, prosperity and quality of life.’

The NSW Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 outlined in Division 6 that the environment agency head establish a biodiversity conservation program with the specific objective to ‘maximise the long-term security of threatened species and threatened ecological communities in nature, and, to minimise the impacts of key threatening processes on biodiversity and ecological integrity’ – threatening processes such as building a road through it.

Where is this biodiversity conservation program? Where is NSW Minister for Energy and Environment Matthew Kean on this issue?

Please stop trying to point political fingers and just fix this fiasco.

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1 COMMENT

  1. Out here in the real world people want to know why the rail line isn’t being used for a train service to take thousands, possibly millions, of cars off the roads. Three kilometers of rail line was restored for $660.000.00 per kilometer. Three kilometers of by-pass is costing at least $24 MILLION. This does not make sense, environmentally, economically or socially.

    Traffic coming into Byron has increased massively in the last ten years and is projected to keep increasing. How is all that traffic going to be accomodated without massive spending on roads?

    No matter where the expensive, destructive by-pass is built it’s not going to take one car off the roads.

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