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December 1, 2021

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During the 1980s Byron Shire Council introduced an LEP which included a building envelope that restricted the height of buildings to three storeys. This has been constantly eroded away over time resulting in buildings above this height that even include rooftop swimming pools.

The huge crane at the corner of Jonson and Browning Streets is something I thought I would never see in Byron during my lifetime. Will this be the thin edge of the wedge or the slippery slope as we see further developments at the old Woolworths site, the backpackers’ site and several others across the Sshire. Ballina and Tweed Heads shires have high-rises. Is this where Byron is heading? Could all Council candidates clearly state their position on this crucial issue before our December election so voters know where they stand?

I’ve always said that you need two ideas on everything in Byron Bay just in case someone agrees with you – but surely on this occasion we would all agree that high rises don’t belong in Byron Shire.

I would encourage ALL Shire residents to write NO High Rise on their ballot paper to give a clear message to council whoever they may be. This may be our last chance to save Byron Shire from high-rise developments. We definitely don’t won’t Byron to become another Hawks Nest as seen on Four Corners.

Paul McCarthy, Byron Bay

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  1. Please help the Hawks Nest community by signing a government petition to get this heard in parliament.
    Our NEXT STEP is under Legal Advice for 1 Sanderling Rd rezoning.
    As well as the change. org petition we also need to send a message to the NSW Parliament, the NSW Government.
    The e-petition to the NSW Parliament asks the Planning Minister to use his powers to change the zoning back to Public recreation.
    If more than 20,000 signatures are obtained the petition MUST be debated in Parliament. If we get a whole lot more the better. zoning.
    If more than 20,000 signatures are obtained the petition MUST be debated in the Parliament. If we get a whole lot more the better.
    Any resident of NSW can sign this petition to the Parliament.

  2. The case for high rise in Byron Shire.
    I’ve always been interested in people saying that high rise will be the end of Byron, in particular, Byron Bay.
    Anyone who has lived here or been a regular visitor to the Bay, will have noticed increasing crowds, heavy traffic, high rents and property prices at record levels.
    Byron and the Shire is not what it was. But so is the case for Australia and the world.
    Yes, it would be nice to return to a quieter town, where you knew people in the street, could park free anywhere at anytime and rents were comparably inexpensive, along with property. But… as the wise person once said,”the only constant in life is change”.
    Given the many contributing factors to Byron’s now metropolis like status, some of which are, the M1, making it a day trip for lunch from Brisbane. The national population growth in the last 30 years. More flexible work arrangements. Social media. The boom in international tourism (pre Covid) and 12 month visa applicants , and the Hollywood factor drawing in rubberneckers and wannabes to town.
    So what do we do?
    Go back to 1966? Not possible.
    Build a wall to keep out the bogans, wannabes, Hollywood rubberneckers and rich hipsters? Not feasible.
    Keep fighting and arguing about development and property prices, all of which can be circumvented via an application to the NSW Land & Environment Court? Exhausting and expensive.
    Let’s face it, we need a rethink, not for the next decade, but for the next 100+ years.
    Trying to “tack on” housing developments, by-passes and allowing unmanaged tourism to Byron fits the definition of insanity by doing the same thing over and over while expecting a different result.
    So…I suggest…
    Build a new “town” the the North West of Byron that will see us through the next 100 years. Working title, “North Byron”.
    Think about it.
    Plenty of land, still beach side, build proper roads directly connected to the M1 and Industrial Estate, build affordable housing, establish an arts precinct for writers, painters, musicians,etc where they live for free but must hold exhibitions, concerts, readings, etc, twice per year. Emission free transport around the district, hotels, cafes, restaurants, farmers markets, and yes, the dreaded high rise.
    High rise does not need to be ugly, or unsafe given the right architect and builder. Some may recall the horror of the Sydney opera house idea, now a national icon. Even the Parisians wanted the Eiffel Tower torn down until it was used as a radio tower, which saved it. Imagine the furore now if it was to be demolished.
    My suggestion is a relief valve for a beautiful location under extreme pressure. Designed and managed properly, we can all enjoy this area free of the current problems which plague us, and the generations to come, if we carry on with the same old, same old.
    I know there will be those who will cry “shock horror”, at my idea, but I am yet to hear a plausible alternative to the tired old mantra, “no high rise in Byron”.


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