Ian Cohen, Broken Head
Byron closed its Main Beach testing station as it was under utilised. It didn’t fit our ‘Chill Out’ image. Not a care; sun shining and clean ocean. Recently a similar precinct, the Northern Peninsular in Sydney has experienced a COVID outbreak.
Can it be kept out of Byron given that the parallel lifestyle and upcoming summer holidays make it as porous a border as imaginable? Down south the State Government has thrown itself into gear, testing is ramped up, sewage analysed.
Has this happened in Byron given the eclectic mix of our population? Visitors, long-term stayers, crowded rental houses and van livers, well, by the truckload.
Where is Government action to assist in local community resilience? Surely testing the sewage is more effective than waiting for the pandemic to strike locally? Why aren’t our elected reps, at every level, calling to have testing of our sewage?
At a recent meeting I was called hysterical in my opposition to the Dunoon Dam issue. I and local activists were proven right. Proud to be hysterical – for the planet.