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Byron Council has promised to undertake an additional 18 hectares of bush enhancement work to offset the destruction of wetland, resulting from the Byron bypass.

Council voted unanimously at last week’s meeting to restore additional bush areas at Sunrise Boulevard, Butler Street Reserve, and Midgen Swamp.

The move will cost an extra $81,700 and bring the total size of the offset area to more than 60 hectares.

‘The bypass will result in a 1.5 hectare loss of habitat, and not only are we enhancing 45 hectares, we are now doing 18 or 19 on top of that,’ Greens mayor Simon Richardson said. ‘That’s over 60 hectares of restoration and riparian work that would not have been done otherwise’.

Destroying sensitive ecological areas for development and ‘offsetting’ it with similar vegetation in other locations is against both federal and NSW Greens’ policy.

Locally, it is just one issue that has split the party.


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1 COMMENT

  1. Despite the bulldozers ripping out the forest for weeks now, the BEC’s Freedom of Information Request for: “Byron Bay Bypass Stage 2 and Stage 3 Pre clearing Surveys, and Information on any species relocation”, the only response to date from Council has been “We are awaiting the report from the consultant for the clearing. Once received this will be uploaded to our website and I will send you the link.” Council’s two faced ecocide continues, while they ask for comments on their Draft Biodiversity Conservation Strategy (which says “protect and restore the environment”!!!). The Wilderness Society did an in depth study of 10 development offset projects and found only 2 gave some environmental benefit, most no benefit, and with some producing worse benefits.
    And is Council’s contractors on top of the impacts, and applying their requirements to search and move animals – who knows, Council certainly doesn’t.

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