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May 26, 2024

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Our Byron Council, along with many others, causes more problems than it solves.

I wish to complain re local government policies about a failure to follow rules and regulations. I have found within our shire there is a problem of ‘no response’ to emails or letters sent. There is also neglect in applying legislation and local government rules.

I have been so frustrated by the local events in Bayside, the ever-increasing sinkholes appearing within our roads and within private property. These sinkholes have been consistently recurring, and growing in number over the past few years.

The problem is poor construction of our storm water system, and then the additional developments that will add the additional storm water from the pods. Now the Wallum development’s storm water is to be additional to the flow in a pre-exsisting drain to the south that runs into the Simpsons Creek.

I had written to Council re that drain of approximately 500 metres eroding and causing huge numbers of old growth trees to fall into the drain. This drain is where hundreds of homes are to have their hard surfaces directed to this outlet into Simpsons Creek. No response again from Council.

Our valuations were submitted to us earlier this year. I had questioned the ridiculous unimproved valuations as I know to fix these poorly operating systems will take massive dollars. Whereas for us in pre-existing Bayside the roads will all need to be dug up to repair the failed storm water system.

The cause is that the pipeline has failed due to no geofabric and gravel to support those old pipe works that used rubber collars to hold them in place. Thus our storm water drains are not operating as they have obviously collapsed. The Wallum storm water channel will need to be engineered with a stable rock base. That base will need heavy machinery to distribute those rocks causing more damage and clearing of vegetation to complete. If not done then more subsidence will happen and more trees will fall, creating a dam.

I went into Council chambers to view the proposed storm water system and found that there was no plan in place.

We went into chambers to represent our opposition regarding storm water but of course my microphone was switched off when I had my turn to speak.

Annie Radermacher , Brunswick Heads

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  1. Yes, frustrating isn’t it?
    We need better civil engineering and more funding for our roads.
    We also need more hospital beds, better dental care, more aged-care workers, etc.
    All of that implies higher taxes.
    Or alternatively less military expenditure.
    But that would require more skillful diplomacy, compassion, friendship and recognition of our common humanity.
    Oh, we have a long way to go…

  2. it’s pretty simple , you can’t charge some of the highest council rates in AUS , and constantly delivery poor service and maintenance of roads and infrastructure , We have an amateur council , more interested in news bites and headlines , they want people from the outside to think they are doing good things and are in control , WHY the hell the local community has voted in these clowns the last few years is scary , You make a noise complaint about a business operating outside business hours in industrial area affecting residential properties nearby , and council ignore it , WHY , beacause the person who owns that large business used to be ON council , what a joke , ( mates looking after mates ) WE DESERVE SO MUCH BETTER. Byron had a much more caring and environmental aware council in the 90’s , now it’s all about approving every large development with little thought about the impact on traffic and roads , AND quality of life for locals.

    • Should I expect to see your name on the Candidates list in the next local government election?

      After this whinge and conspiracy theory, it’s the least that you can do.

  3. Jimie , you don’t work for council do you ? NO conspiracy theories here mate , Just facts ,
    I am a very well connected local of more than 15 yrs , and have only quoted one or two examples of councils incompetence and arrogance .
    I have many others that ICAC would have love to hear about .

    I would like to run for council , but you would need to clear the lot of them out first , start with a clean slate , maybe just keep the grounds and maintenance staff!!!!!! ( if that )


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