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Is the Bioenergy facility the best path forward?

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I think we need to send Council’s relationship with local health food shops to ICAC. I think perhaps the real reason behind the gas-fired electricity Bioenergy facility may be a secret deal to increase sales of Santos and Fundies’ Rescue Remedy and calming smudge sticks.

Council is now confusingly seeking submissions on increasing waste charges by 17 per cent, which the GM advises ‘is to cover the costs of sending green waste to the Queensland tip’, but at the same time is progressing NOT to send waste to Qld, and instead use it in Byron Bay to ferment methane for the ‘Bioenergy gas-fired electricity Plant’, i.e progressing increased charges for costs while progressing eliminating those same costs. 

The GM has not answered how the private development application (DA) for the Bioenergy facility appears to have been prepared for, and presumably paid for, by the $10m plant suppliers, despite it being a Council project on Council’s land – Council should have paid for the DA report. Is this a ‘kickback’ from the supplier to Council, to sweeten the facility’s purchase deal? Council staff travelled to Europe to ‘have a look’ at the supplier’s facilities operating there, and my question on flight costs was answered – ‘approximately $30,000’. Council’s budgets don’t operate on ‘approximates’. And that answer raises the question: ‘Were there any benefits provided to those staff by the supplier in their European tour?’

The European facility supplier has an office in Sydney and has built Bioenergy facilities here (I have sent two emails and phoned them, just to get info on their existing facilities emissions, but they haven’t deigned to answer).

Noting the disinformation on Council’s website, including pictures of the alleged Bioenergy facility, but without its chimneys, and a series of web disinformation answers to residents’ questions, and Council staff providing disinformation to the NRPP, and Council ignoring the residents’ virtually 100 per cent opposition to the plant in both DA submissions and from speakers to the NRPP; perhaps rather than Santos and Fundies it should be Council that is the focus of forensic ICAC investigation of the process. 

John Lazarus

Byron Bay

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  1. But federal politicians don’t have any connection to Pfizer and Astra Zenica right? And they won’t have any connection to those companies after their political careers right? Governments don’t do terrible things to the people for profit, surely?


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