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John Page, Byron Bay

Call me cynical, but there’s something about the pronouncements of Brandon Saul, one of the people behind the proposed ‘eco-development’ of the Linnaeus Estate between Byron Bay and Lennox Head, that doesn’t add up.

Surely the last thing Byron Shire needs right now is more tourism. In an era of ongoing climate crisis, economies based on bringing things in – whether they are goods or services or, as in this case, tourists – are doomed to fail. Instead, we should be doing everything we possibly can to increase resilience and self-reliance.

Future generations will not thank us if we allow this magnificently beautiful and ecologically important piece of land to become a high-end glamping and wedding venue, as is proposed.

The Estate was established as a low-impact educational centre, with a particular emphasis on the environment. Now more than ever this core purpose needs to be preserved.

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