Jo Faith, Newtown
The Bureau of Meteorology has warned that the East Coast of Australia can expect three cyclones owing to changing weather conditions. The timeline indicated the ‘near future’. Is Byron prepared for cyclones?
Byron Council’s 2015 flood plan study considers a maximum sea-level rise of 0.8m by the end of this century. Given changes in weather patterns current predictions now view a sea-level rise of 1–2m as more likely.
The recent mayoral vote to push through a Belongil development application (DA) for Gantra Pty Ltd, ‘Elements’ owners Brian and Peggy Flannery is confusing. No mention is made of the Coastal Protection Plan when addressing this Belongil development which forms part of the Cape Byron Marine Park.
Rezoning of the site to ‘Environmental Living’ seems to be a new method of supporting private property development.
This site is rich with acid sulphate soils, human sewage and a history of fish kills. It is a highly sensitive estuary currently undergoing the most painful of human induced deaths.
The site has always attracted the principles of upholding of the public interest, and public rights, which are now being displaced by ‘institutional forgetting’.