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Contempt: West Byron

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As the development of West Byron currently continues, community members are demanding that a moratorium on this development be immediately addressed.

Since the floods in February/March 2022 a new epoch in human consciousness has developed embracing the harsh facts that we are living in the ‘tipping point’ of climate change. There are to be more floods and fires in the future and humans ‘must be prepared’.

One would imagine that democratically elected representatives would take heed of this salient sound advice. Alas, this is not so. Over a month ago a letter was written to the Byron mayor addressing the above and the stark dangers that exist for communities with the ongoing development of West Byron. No response. 

It now is apparent that the communities/businesses and tourists are to be totally abandoned by Byron Council who simply choose to contemptuously avoid any interaction with concerned members of the public. This to be expected as public rights were violated when this development was approved.

In so doing, a flood mitigation plan was and remains wilfully dismissed and a policy addressing fill (over a million tonnes of same) essential to aid the developers… but not the public! It is well known that fill elevates flood levels. Thus peril surely awaits the industrial estate, Sunrise Beach, North Byron, Elements of Byron tourist estate, ingress and egress areas of Ewingsdale Road, and Byron township (no doubt other areas will be harmed).

This whole development is totally ‘unconscionable’ on every legal level; from the moment of conception, when the Byron Residents Association formed to oppose it, to this current day. There is no legal line of authority governing this development. Again the whole Byron community is treated with contempt. This attack will not work. The mayor ‘protects his staff’ and the affected communities will continue to protect their ‘right to existence and environs’.  How can people be so heartless, to garner the mighty dollar knowing peril awaits?

It’s confirmation of Naomi Klein’s ‘Shock Doctrine’. The capitalists and carpetbaggers arrive when there is tragedy and feed from same! Demand a moratorium now on West Byron flood plain…. support public rights! Avoid peril! Shame.

Jo Faith, Newtown

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