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In part it recognises, ‘that the hostage situation on both sides and the eight-month siege of Gaza are traumatising for many Byron Shire residents’, and seeks to write to the prime minister and foreign minister, ‘expressing support for Australia’s condemnation of the attacks on Israel by Hamas on October 7’, and… ‘end military, economic, political and diplomatic ties with the state of Israel until it complies with its obligations under international law’.

Council staff raised concerns around receiving ‘a report in August to explore options for Council to cancel contracts with companies that support Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestine, or profit from it, or that supply equipment to the Israeli Defence Force’. Staff wrote it would ‘be difficult to identify such companies outside of any already publicly available information’.

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And staff have also raised concerns around a motion proposed by Cr Sarah Ndiaye titled, ‘Establishment of a Register of Interested Parties for Development Applications Contradicting Biodiversity Regulations in Council’s LEP and DCP’.

Staff wrote a lengthy reply in the agenda, saying in part, ‘It is unreasonable and unfeasible to expect development support staff, when a development application is lodged and requires notification, to determine whether it “contravenes Biodiversity Regulations in the Council’s LEP and DCP”.’

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  1. I’m sure the Israeli Defence Force is terrified at the prospect of having to face the Byron Shire Council as well as the murderous rapist terrorists of Hamas.
    What a sad, sorry pair of Councillors these are. Fix the roads instead of posturing for the ignorant supporters of groups that would doubtlessly slaughter them too given half a chance.

  2. Instead of using Council time to vote on issues critical to the Byron Shire, like infrastructure maintenance, once again time is wasted on motions for Gaza that are misplaced and will have zero meaningful impact on the situation there. There is also an underlying element of anti-Israel fervor behind the push for a vote.

  3. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with councils making broader statements of principal. It’s more the timing that makes me cynical. There seems to be quite a bit of virtue signalling going on in the time leading into the September election.

  4. What a crazy council. How dare you waste OUR MONEY to invest even five minutes of your Paid For By Us working time for such nonsense?!
    What’s next?
    How about putting in a resolution calling modern Australians to go back to their native countries and FREE AUSTRALIA and calling the government to give this Australian land back to its rightful owners you stole it from while perpetrating the world’s most successful genocide of atleast 620 of this land’s native nations?


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