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Filling the Byron Bay wetlands

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Anybody else wondering why they are filling in the wetlands at West Byron? 

Wetlands are designed to absorb excess water in rain events, to help us if and when we get a cyclone.

Filling in the wetlands will dissipate the water to the surrounding low-lying areas, in Byron’s case our town centre and industrial area. 

Laying in bed listening to the rain, my heart goes out to everyone affected, and to the decision makers who handled without foresight and, may I say it, put money-making antics before common sense.

Juud Belongil, Byron Bay


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2 COMMENTS

  1. Thank you Juud Belongil. There is to be over a million tonnes of Fill on the West Byron site in order to create the development conditions that the Developers need. This will raise the Flood levels and ensure flooding. There has been NO FLOOD MITIGATION OR FILL MITIGATION POLICY to guide this development. Byron Council is mute. Is the Fill safe? Why ignore FloodFill mitigation protocols? We live in Tipping Point conditions in regard to Climate Change and there will be more floods and in the West Byron area, putting the current state of affairs in sight we can all predict the peril that is to come for communities in the Industrial Estate, Sunrise Beach, Ewingsdale Rd, Tourist Resorts, and the Township of Byron. Communities and business will be affected to say nothing of the proposed extension of the Elements Resort, which is seeking development of 200 extra cabins. West Byron is a flood zone. People have died in Flash floods in the vicinity. I despair for the communities who ignore this stark perilous situation and wonder why NO VOICE emanates from Byron Council!!!! Why are folks so desensitised? Shame Byron Council!!

  2. How much can the local Council do when this decision was taken out of their hands long ago? What about a question in parliament? Why, while the cry of “No more building on flood-prone land!” is coming from pollies state and federal across the continent, is this madness allowed to go ahead?

    Will there be any funds left with Resilience NSW to do any consequent buy backs?

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