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The developer behind the beleaguered Wallum urban subdivision on rare and sensitive land in Brunswick Heads welcomed the recent arrests of protectors who have blockaded the site over the last four months.

Yet Clarence Property’s CEO Simon Kennedy declined to say whether his company asked police to intervene.

As reported last week, former magistrate David Heilpern raised concerns that police had used their discretionary resources to pursue the activists.

Most recent court cases over the blockade have resulted in guilty verdicts but without convictions or penalties at the Byron local court.

Mr Kennedy said, ‘We are pleased to see that some of the activists who have been engaged in illegal and criminal activities at the site for months are being brought to account by police and the judiciary’.

Security threatened

‘We’ve seen residents, local contractors, our staff and our security threatened, abused and worse by these activists since February, so it’s reassuring to see that the police have been able to take action against some of those responsible.

‘Clarence Property will continue to assist the police with the ongoing illegal and criminal activity at the Wallum site and within the broader Bayside Brunswick estate, with a view to ensuring safety for residents, Clarence Property staff and contractors as they go about their lawful daily activities’.

While Kennedy says his development is ‘ecologically sensitive’, evidence to the contrary has been presented by those who insist the rare and endangered ecology is irreplaceable.

Negotiations by Mayor Michael Lyon are yet to yield any concessions.

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  1. Thanks you Echo for continuing your unbiased up todate reporting of what is happening at Wallum. Clarence seems to think Wallum camp is full of “sophisticated politically motivated criminals”, whereas my observation sees a bunch of Grandmothers concerned for the environment & their grand children’s’ future as we hurtle headlong into environmental disaster, the 6th mass extinction and the helter skelter felling of the last giant trees in the last forests.

  2. People acting to save the environment from incessant human destruction, its just outrageous.
    Just get it over and done with, just clear all land of nature and end all this inconvenient environment protection activity.

  3. It’s the Save Wallum campaign that is beleaguered , their numbers are dwindling as people begin to understand that more land is being left for the environment than is being built on.

    • Any development of the site is a problem. The damage and impact are permanent. Not every inch of the planet needs to be developed by the greedy and grasping.


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