The approval for the largest and possibly the most controversial rezoning of Byron Bay, the 108-hectare development on Ewingsdale Road known as West Byron, has been described as a 'fatal blow' to the town by former mayor Jan Barham.
The controversial development at West Byron, which has drawn condemnation of local residents and split Byron Shire Council has been approved by the NSW Government.
The growth plan for Byron Bay? To be economically viable, I am told that we need to expand from village to town. The NSW government definition of ‘town’ has a population over 20,000. To my mind, 20,000 koalas is ambitious.
Edward Kent, Suffolk Park.The greenwash 'Green Party' posturing is ineffective. Byron has slid into this mess on the back of the hippy escape from reality mentality and now it comes back to bite.
Kyla Reid, Byron Bay. the charges being raised against you do not only come from the WBG campaign but from voters, some of whom like myself, gave our vote to you on the trust that you would maintain your pre-election platform. I did not cast my vote on the basis of your standing as 'a well known business woman'.
Geoff Dawe, Uki. Two other issues have not been mentioned in regards to the proposed West Byron development. The land is a wetlands and in a dry continent such as Australia, wetlands are extremely precious.
Dailan Pugh, Byron Bay. Your Department’s 2013 growth projections, as included in the Far North Coast Residential Submarket Analysis of September 2013, did not, in any way, justify your Department’s claim in November 2013 that their West Byron proposal is a potential State Significant Site because of a need to alleviate ‘pressures on housing supply’.
Pressure is mounting on the state government to reject the controversial West Byron housing project with a petition signed by 50,000 people fearing the development will decimate local koalas to be handed to Ballina MP Don Page this morning.
The West Byron development proposal is to be referred to the Independent Commission Against Corruption today by NSW Greens MLC and former Byron mayor Jan Barham.
Cate Coorey, Byron Residents Group. Stuart Murray, representing the landowners of West Byron, says that the Byron Residents’ Group has ‘made up’ the figures for housing at West Byron and that our claim of 1,100 houses is wrong. He should look at his own website.
A ‘theoretical maximum’ of 1,100 houses is how West Byron developers have sought to explain their calculations on the predicted size of their proposed development.
Alan Dickens, Brunswick Heads. Stuart Murray’s response outlining all the positives on the West Byron development side and all the negatives against the Byron Residents’ Group is a bit rich.
The Nationals’ new candidate for Ballina says he does 'not consider it appropriate' to comment on the issue of the controversial planned West Byron development. But the party's incumbent in the seat is not so coy.
Stuart Murray, Project Manager, West Byron Project. West Byron Project representatives have written directly to you in the past and clearly stated that the Byron Residents’ Group’s use of a figure of 1,100 or more dwellings proposed for West Byron is a figure that they have made up. The West Byron rezoning proposal does not contain a request for such a figure, nor is this figure considered to be likely.
Jan Barham, MLC, Broken Head. The West Byron development proposal if approved would change Byron Bay dramatically despite never being considered at the scale that is being proposed and therefore not factored into the sewerage treatment works capacity.
Mathew Jones, Director, Public Affairs, Department of Planning and Environment . It is simply not true to say the Department of Planning and Environment ‘stonewalled’ The Echo in response to questions about proposed development at West Byron.
Dailan Pugh, Byron Bay. Don Page’s announcement that the NSW government is going to contribute $10.5 million towards the bypass puts a new perspective on developer donations.
Did the state coalition break an election promises over ‘putting planning decisions back into the hands of the communities’? Byron Shire mayor Simon Richardson has alluded to as much.
Robin Harrison, Binna Burra. Not only is the West Byron Mega Suburb profoundly unsustainable, even by suburban development standards, suburbia itself is unsustainable.
The Byron Residents Group, which has been fighting proposals for a development in West Byron, says revelations about the approval process of a marina on Great Keppel Island have only added to their concerns.
North coast-based Greens MLC Jan Barham is disappointed that her motion calling on the government to delay approval of the controversial West Byron development did not receive support.
Dailan Pugh, Byron Bay. I am shocked by Cr Rose Wanchap’s apparent lack of understanding of planning processes and support for locking our remaining koalas up in a compound for tourists to gawk at.
Michael Balson, Upper Wilsons Creek. Ewingsdale will become the new foreshore, Cape Byron will be an island, Byron CBD, Brunswick Heads and Mullumbimby will all be inundated by the sea, and the entire Brunswick Valley will be a saltwater estuary.
Matt Hartley, Byron Bay. Haven’t you looked at the low lands west of Byron Bay and thought, ‘Why on earth don’t we turn this back into habitat?’
A move by mayor Simon Richardson to ask the state government to defer rezoning West Byron has failed to get support from a majority of fellow councillors. A 'watered down' amendment proposed by Cr Ibrahim and seconded by Cr Wanchap got the nod.