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April 21, 2021

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Cr Michael Lyon, The Pocket

I would like to address the latest round of Green bashing from inside and outside the party in recent letters.

Firstly, Paul Gannon who seems to be blaming this Council, and the four out of nine Greens on it, for the decisions of the previous Council. Mercato was resolved 7–2 by the last Council and one of the two Greens on that Council voted against it. In any case, the result was far better than what we could have ended up with on that site. Council doesn’t have a magic wand to stop any development it wants. There are rules in place that we have to play by and on this development Council punched well above its weight.

Secondly, Tom Tabart from 1,500 miles away is  representing the minority anti-bypass, anti-any development faction of the local Greens and is showing us they seem to be lacking a local attack-dog these days.

As Tom is living in Victoria, he will not be aware that the resolution at the February Greens meeting for Byron Greens Councillors to reconsider the Business and Industrial Lands Strategy was actually withdrawn. It came to light that apart from the proposer, pretty much no one else had actually read the strategy, apart from the Councillors, so did not feel qualified to comment.

As someone who has managed businesses in this Shire for ten years, and seen what has happened to rents, I stand by our decision to identify additional lands for businesses to expand in the Shire and to attempt to put some downward pressure on rents.

The membership has entrusted Councillors to do the work and represent them using our best judgement. Those of us again seeking preselection will soon be evaluated and asked to explain in detail our reasoning and the rationale for the decisions we have made during this term. I look forward to this and believe that when all is said and done we will be judged favourably firstly by the membership and then by the electorate at large.


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2 COMMENTS

  1. Michael: “[…] when all is said and done we will be judged favourably […] by the electorate at large”.

    You are deluded. In this shire with a population of approx 35,000, councillors have been elected on as few as 250 total votes, so I wouldn’t be claiming that as favourable judgment so much as the result of disillusionment, desperation, and the TINA principle.

  2. Ummm???…..
    Everybody wants s piece of ‘us’ & the council is giving the area away to the highest bidder.
    You know Michael.. I hear you.
    We, many of us have lived here for a long time.
    We are seeing a situation in which the good ol’
    ‘Murdoch Machine’ has turned not only our beautiful region but the entire country into a real life real estate ‘meat market’ turning everyone into slaves for mortgages till they’re 80 by hmmm ‘levelling’ house/land prices somewhat across the board by use for example of Real Estate.com. Whom benefits by it. Everyone & no one.

    We were a happy little colourful community here. The recent time I spent in Sydney showed me something very clearly walking past people in supermarkets & shopping centres. It is not the way. They all seem incredibly unhappy & stressed with extreme pressure to work infinite hours to pay lengthy, incredibly huge, mortgages with something like gosh.. forgotten the figures I saw recently… a lot.. 20 000 people this year most likely to default on mortgages. So these people are slaves right?!!! Modern day slaves to the perpetual motion of slavery again for the entirety of their lives unless their homes are reclaimed through default, bad advice & social ‘upcasting by a marketing machine.

    I say & ask in relevance… is that something you wish to create in this community?
    There is a reason our community has a bubble… it has been held for a long time here.
    Natural sprays not aeroguard thanks..
    that’s the analogy. Trying to mimic a failing system is more of the same.

    I love your contribution & your passion..
    just saying.. reinventing the wheel may take longer the new wheel can be made in a way that removes the enduring slavery out of life.
    Ask & well., you know the rest.
    We live on a borrowed planet with privilege.

    Love & blessings

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