Matt Hartley, Byron Bay
…And just like that, I felt for a moment what it might be like to be Fast Buck$.
Retired from political activity for some years, I nonetheless felt compelled to write to The Echo pointing out the glaring difference between the rhetoric and reality of the political party that calls itself ‘The Greens’.
BANG! Next thing I knew, a letter from Council. An inspection! Supposedly a complaint had been received about ‘illegal works’ on my property!
A Council officer arrived, and asked about these works; installing a spa pool. Of course, there were no illegal works. The DA is approved, I await the Construction Certificate, so no, nothing has been done.
Surprised, the officer announced he would inspect my property for anything that might be illegal. Fine by me.
Next, BSC wrote to me that my wooden caravan is not a caravan, lacking wheels and being on blocks, including a bill for $180.00. I replied with a photo showing attached wheels, and a bill for $350. BSC then declared it isn’t a caravan, having plumbing. Fascinating. An ‘installed’ caravan is required to be plumbed, wired, and on blocks. BSC are evidently unwilling, or unable, to read State laws or Senior Commissioner Susan Dixon’s binding finding that a plumbed, wired, on blocks, cabin-like structure is legally a caravan (Korena Marie Russell v Camden Council  NSWLEC 1159).
It appears your funds will be wasted in a fruitless trip to the LEC. Or not.
What it does go to show is, people do read The Echo letters section. Vindictive, incompetent, doomed people included.
Okay, you idiots, I’m back.