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June 18, 2021

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Two weeks ago Byron Shire Councillors agreed unanimously to defer a decision to approve a development application (DA) for ten townhouses at Keats Street, Byron Bay in order to allow time for discussions with Councils ecologist regarding a contentious ‘Wetland Buffer Zone’ issue.

Fast forward to the next meeting when it was ‘discovered’ that Council’s ecologist had in fact been on leave for the intervening two weeks. Ah well, not to worry, luckily the developers came to the rescue with their own ecologist’s report.

Unfortunately as this had only been submitted two days earlier, neither Council nor councillors had had a proper chance to digest it. No problem, luckily, again, the developer was on hand and able to assure councillors that his ecologist had found no problems at all with the ‘Wetland Buffer Zone’ issues… so that’s all good then! DA waved through, smiles all round: ‘How good is it to be a Councillor!’ Roll on September’s elections!


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  1. And so Byron Bay’s ecology continues to be devoured by strange incidents surrounding Ecologists in the Byron area! The Bypass is a sad story of Ecologists to say nothing of Elements Resort which resulted in areas and species of National significance being ignored and degraded…thus aiding the Development objective.


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