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All east coast communities are now daily regularly warned by the ABC radio/TV, by the Bureau of Meteorology, to prepare for flooding. The flooding that just occurred earlier in the year has left social/ecological trauma and homelessness as La Niña again asserts itself climatically. 

We are aware that in a previous epoch, prior to the abovementioned floods, the West Byron development was granted approval; sidelining the imperatives (e.g. public interest) surrounding flood mitigation for the site and its surrounds. We have since learnt, from the above tragedy and the Mullum Pods issue, that the usage of FILL greatly enhances dire risks when addressing flooding. Floods have an integrity, or social/environmental anarchy of their own, and there are areas of Byron not with the social consciousness or resources for evacuation. The ADF (Australian Defence Force) is on standby so we are informed.

Given the above and the current extraction works that are occurring on the West Byron site, upholding neglected public rights it is requested that Byron Council, and any independent thinking councillor(s) within Byron Council, demand that relevant state agencies immediately address a cessation, be it temporary, to these developmental works, until such time that this development can be revisited and imperative (lacking) flood mitigation remedies be addressed. To not do so it holds all the hallmarks that define criminal negligence, wilful ignorance, and dismissal of duty-of-care imperatives. As such, currently, it invites social peril in its wake. 

Jo Faith, Newtown

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  1. At the very least Any habitable buildings should be on piers . Fill should be minimal over the site . Look to countries in south East Asia where traditional design for monsoonal rain areas in low areas . Always on stumps and piers well above the ground . Park cars under buildings . Bringing in fill is the worst thing to do . Don’t like that look ? Too bad .

    • That’s exactly how we used to build here before the 80s. Every thing was on stumps, sometimes 3 meter stumps. That’s why ‘it never used to flood like this’, because they are equating modern housing to traditional housing and thinking the weather has gotten worse.

  2. No fill on the flood plain is what we should make mandatory but the newbys in council appear to think that it’s OK. Look at the Splendour site and West Byron is the same finalized in Sydney with council locked out of any rights. Start standing up for the community that put you into council. Start harassing the state planning Depatments this is part of your job. Not sitting in a closed room where no one can see how you come to the decisions you are making.


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