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August 20, 2022

Splendour sinks

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It’s a case of ‘Told you so!’

Splendour establishing itself at the present site drew huge resistance from locals. It cuts across the last remaining wildlife corridor from the caldera to the coast. It damages rare and endangered species of flora and fauna. The koala habitat was the main factor in locals winning the Land and Environment case brought to Judge Preston by the brilliant EDO’s Sue Higginson, now a Greens member in the Northern Rivers. 

Splendour developers rode roughshod over locals, the environment, Indigenous wisdom, fauna and flora and the Land and Environment Court ruling. When that went against them, they went to NSW Liberal state government claiming this is a state-significant event. Yes, significant for trashing the environment and the wishes of the majority of local residents.

Splendour should return to the venue that worked better for its patrons at Belongil Fields within walking distance of Byron. Or lease Peter Noble’s site at Tyagarah. 

Jessica DeCrou’s pathetic media response was an insult to those who attended by blaming the weather and smilingly describing the final exit as going seamlessly. Our protest meetings when this was proposed forewarned everything that has happened – a floodplain is not suitable, the traffic jams were predicted to affect residents, commuters and school kids. Fire hazard is another factor that could happen with the chaos that ensues in massive crowded campgrounds.

Mega money is the motive. Selling half of the ownership to an American consortium was the last of a shoddy project. I hope this sinks the whole dam thing into the mud from the murky depths it came from.

Henrietta Fraser, Ocean Shores

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