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Byron Shire
June 20, 2021

Dodgy developer

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And the Dodgy Developer of the Year Award goes to… Byron Shire Council for their blundering, lack of assessment, keeping the community in the dark until the destruction is done, bypass development. 

No private developer would get away with a development that failed to assess the bypass’s massive environmental impacts. Mayor Richardson and Council pump up their two faced propaganda – that the number of critically endangered Mitchell’s Rainforest Snails eventually found, somehow identifies as ‘good news’, because the remaining wetlands, that Council hasn’t bulldozed yet, should therefore contain more snails than previously thought. 

Really? Neither Richardson nor Council has ever done that study. 

It may be that the largest colony of Mitchell’s Rainforest Snails was right in the middle of the bypass’s footprint. 

And there is more proposed Greens Party destruction of another section of this same wetland forest – with the same complete lack of assessment – for a proposed major development of a Bus Transit Centre around the Butler St Water Tower.

Climate Emergency declaration? Reducing Council’s Greenhouse Emissions declaration? The only information that the spin of Simon Richardson, and his Council, reveals is the associated understanding of the dodgy development impacts of the uninformed and unassessed Byron Masterplan that was adopted by them.

Under Mayor Richardson and his greenwash associates, Council has turned into the Shire’s worst environmentally destructive developer. And yet the Byron Greens Party continue to endorse him and his Greens-values-deficient colleagues? 

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