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December 4, 2021

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As work began on stage two of the Byron bypass this morning, several NSW police staff were on hand to make the things proceeded smoothly. They had nothing to fear as there were no protesters to be seen.



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  1. Further destruction of the remaining natural habitat in Byron Shire – brought to you by the once-great Greens… on behalf of the mighty motor vehicle !

    Must be nice for Simon and his Green Team knowing the Boys in Blue are behind them.

    I can assure you, I won’t be, come this election.

    SHAME !!!

  2. As the global temperature increases, the species in this coastal wildlife habitat has/had the best chance of survival due to increasing temperatures, and of restoring inland wildlife colonies, due to the aprox 5 degree lower coastal temperature than inland, due to the oceans moderation of coastal temperatures. The latest UN temperature increase projection is 3.75 degrees IF all countries comply to their Paris Agreements. But they arent, and as such temperatures are almost guaranteed to be higher. The Australian govt also has not counted Australia’s CO2 emissions from the recent bush fires, as the Feds state they are “natural” (the bush fire emissions were aprox 900 millions tonnes of CO2 – double our ‘normal’ annual emissions, ie Australia’s emissions have tripled this year but 2/3rds wont be counted). This fake bypass/new development rd is clearing carbon capture and storage forest, and destroying known Critically endangered and Engdangered species habitat, with strong support from the Byron Shire Greenwash Party, the Liebor Party, and National Party Councilor saboteurs of a survivable future (the Independent Councillors Cate Coorey and Basil Cameron voted against this shockingly destructive development). These junk Greenwash, Liebor and National Party Councilors voted to accept, acknowledge and work on avoiding our presently increasing Climate Crisis, yet they fuel the Climate Crisis and the Extinction Crisis. Junk Councillors that have turned Byron Council into a junk Council

  3. Steve, the projected 3.75 degree temp increase will come with an eventual sea level rise of aprox 7.5 metres, well over the bypass route and most of coastal Byron, but the temperature increase will fuel more, and higher intensity, bush fires and floods. If you dont care about the natural environment note that we are on a crash course to human industrialised nations collapse. Enjoy the increased $12 cost of broccoli while you can, the projected temp increases will turn agricultural land to worthless (its a slow lobster pot like temperature increase, with a scientist projected 11 years to get it under control, or the temperature increase will run away and have increasing uncontrollable destruction) . We’ve lost half of our barrier reefs and looking at another terminal bleaching event, which also means less fish to eat as well. The theory of eternal development growth will kill us, as our environmental life support systems fail. For a 10 minute saving on your car journey???

  4. A bit unfair I think. Labor councillor, Pail Spooner and independent councillor, Cate Coorey attempted to investigate an alternative route along the rail corridor but they were voted down. It was after this lost vote that Labor councillors have supported the current plans. The subsequent ‘grab the rail’ campaign could have seen us with a bypass that could be accessed quite a bit further south and could have incorporated a decent bike path from Old Bangalow Road into the CBD. It may not have satisfied all other agendas though.

  5. A lot of misinformed complaints.
    Where do you want to live? where do you want to drive? The bypass is needed, but it should be part of a larger transportation plan for the region that supports transit and bike paths, coupled with a push to allow to build more density. You cannot reject development that want increased height / density and at the same time not allow road. You can’t have your cake and it eat too.
    It is that hard to look at good examples of green cities around the world. Maintaining a gridlock of polluting cars in the centre is not the solution.

  6. With a bit of luck this corana virus may get rid of the tree huggers , then we can get on with our high risers and roads through the dirty Mosquitoe infested swamps then I won’t be held up going from A to B

  7. Those who don’t survive covid-19 might be the lucky ones with the breakdown of society possible from the effects of climate change to come. I always hoped that, faced with its challenges, we might be able to retain some semblance of civil society in this country. Seeing brawls in supermarkets and hearing of their bruised and injured staff I despair of how we will cope with real food shortages.

  8. Steve, its not a bypass, its a development road. Cl has voted to extend the CBD commercial zoning to Buttler St, which will make it as much as a bypass as Jonson St. Council was sent a substantive proposal to locate the proposed bus station on the Industrial Estate land that is now proposed for a TAFE (but there is no accommodation for workers on an average wage, and thus no accommodation for TAFE students on 25% of an average wage). And to extend the electric train to Lilli Pilli. With bus’s terminating at the Industrial Estate, and tourist cars utilising it as an out of town car park, and Bus patrons and car tourists using the cross town train, there would be less CBD traffic and a visitor funded cross town public train service. The Bus Station is now proposed for the greenfield site beside the water tower on a new CBD commercially zoned street, with more destruction of bush, and with more flood inducing concrete and no out of town bus station or visitor car park. The bypass fails both on Cl fake adoption of the Climate Emergency and on their aleged statements of removing vehicles from the CBD. The Mayor, and the Council under him, are disfunctional


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