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May 26, 2024

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It is wise that the public, communities, civil society, businesses and Council pause to seriously research the future of Byron Bay.

Astounding research is now being revealed about the proposed development of the Bioenergy Facility to be situated in the Sunrise Industrial Estate.

It is noteworthy that the artist’s impression does not reveal any smoke stacks, yet the research surrounding this facility speaks to ‘possibilities’ of adjustments.  Eg ‘Should an odour emit from the plant that arouses reactions from the public, this will be remedied by the erection of a smoke stack that shall have water applied to control emissions’.

In other words methane and other toxins could escape, creating certain air imperfections, dangers… in the model…but easily remedied, given that the public are to be ‘recipient “spin” scientific guinea pigs’.

Q. Is this smoke and mirrors, or one or the other? Does this incremental development adjustment bespeak the manifestation of other stacks as time passes? Are these dangerous possibilities (and others) the reason why the public have been denied rightful  inclusion and comment in this development application (DA)? The public are well aware of the fact that air pollution is globally acknowledged as the No.1 killer of humans.

Furthermore, we are informed that eight trucks to and from the facility will daily occur? This is 16 movements a day on Arts and Industry Estate roads already heavily crowded with traffic and potholed… and the craters grow.

Compounding this issue is the projected huge amount of fill that will daily be delivered to begin to aid the flood-prone development of West Byron. This DA alone at West Byron will require a year of truck loads of fill on acid sulphate soil! Given that Mother Nature is outwitting human capacity to cope, let alone understand, control factors I ask,’Will the flood waters from West Byron cross Ewingsdale Road into the Arts and Industry Estate, and create the dangers already witnessed in the region?’

Furthermore, is one potential issue that the Bioenergy Facility will be flooded, given its projected placing? That may not be a bad thing… how cynical eh?

All of this development and projected traffic will affect the tourist business in the township. A socio-economic model is called for to address the lost business and of course the greater spreading of flood waters in residential areas. Already tourists bypass Byron owing to traffic bank-up. The Byron community will stand up against such impositions on their rights.

This projected lunatic chaos defies yoga chants, intentional communities, karmic stains on the soul, chanting and inner peace. The lunatic is on the wing. Who gains? ‘Pre-caution’.

Jo Faith, Newtown

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  1. A quote about herself from one of her many previous letters to the Echo.

    ‘active in forming the Greens Party decades ago; with over 50 years of activism for RIGHTS (sentient and ecological)’


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