The planned new suburb of West Byron is not needed to ensure the shire meets its state housing growth targets, ecologist Dailan Pugh told last night’s meeting of more than 100 concerned residents at the Byron Sports and Cultural Complex.
Allan Yarrington, Byron Bay. I have no issue with someone capitalising on their investment, providing it doesn't have a negative effect on others (the greater community). I believe without question the mega development planned for West Byron will do have exactly that..
Byron Shire Cr Rose Wanchap. Byron Bay is hardly a sleepy little village – 1.7m tourists visit each year; I would have to say the horse has bolted. Nineteen thousand ratepayers are already hosting and paying the price of visitors from outside our shire.
Byron Shire mayor Simon Richardson is hoping fellow councillors will support him in a bid to ask the state government to defer a decision on the controversial West Byron development even though a similar motion last month failed to pass.
Ms Swindell, the 'reputation manager' for the West Byron developers, claims they have followed department of planning process 'to the letter'.
Prominent Sydney CBD property developer Terry Agnew has bought a sizeable portion of the West Byron project, prompting claims by the residents that the ‘locally-owned’ aspect of the development now has little relevance.
The pressure is on planning minister, Pru Goward, and minister for the environment, Rob Stokes, to defer West Byron rezoning after a motion by NSW Greens MLC Jan Barham.
Mary O'Connor, principal, Bangalow Real Estate. I am quite disturbed by the tone and manner of personal attacks that have been made and unfair letters demanding the resignation of Rose Wanchap that have been sent to Echonetdaily, as a result of her no longer representing The Greens on Byron Council.
Jenny Coman. Bangalow. I read that Cr Rose Wanchap has resigned from the Greens which makes sense. However as she was elected on a Greens’ ticket, should she not also resign from council?
Catherine Coorey, Byron Residents Group. If the Greens have been bullying Rose Wanchap as she is suggesting then I am repulsed by that. However if she feels bullied because everyone is angry with her then I think she needs to consider how betrayed the people who voted for her feel.
Byron Cr Rose Wanchap has quit the Greens after crossing the floor on an urgency motion over the proposed West Byron development, siding with pro-development councillors against her own party to see the motion defeated.
The Byron Residents Group has commended mayor Simon Richardson for bringing on an urgency motion at today’s council meeting urging the state government to knock back the controversial proposed development at West Byron.
Federal Richmond MP Justine Elliot has thrown her weight behind the campaign against the controversial West Byron housing development, saying it would be irresponsible to rezone the site.
Byron Residents’ Group says the West Byron developers have 'grossly understated' the traffic the development would generate and RMS has been 'negligent' in not recognising the discrepancies and ensuring an accurate traffic assessment is undertaken.
Dailan Pugh, Byron Bay. As evident from recent letters, the community expects to be allowed to have a say in what land we rezone in Byron Shire for new residential or commercial developments.
Jed Stuart, Wilsons Creek. Byron has its own unique culture quite different from Noosa’s. However, similar thinking could apply here. Would the proposed West Byron development seem appropriate from that perspective?
Donald Maughan, Byron Bay. Recently, I and other members of the Byron Residents’ Group sat on a Byron Bay street and canvassed the thoughts and opinions of the passing local community members over a three-hour period on the issue of the West Bryon housing development.
A petition of more than 2,000 signatures against the rezoning of land at West Byron has been presented to NSW local member Don Page by The Byron Residents’ Group, who discussed their concerns about the proposed development.
Matt Hartley, Byron Bay. Given the assault on our way of life, our response must be to assert it. West Byron is huge, ugly, and a precedent, but the Shire of Villages is a widely approved, wholly appropriate initiative. Well, let’s finally do it.
Alistair Bell, Byron Bay. I never believed Don Page would try to restore rail services and didn’t vote for him so his backflip on trains didn’t hurt me much. However I feel betrayed by Simon Richardson’s bypass backflip.
Richard Staples, Talofa. Oliver Dunne’s bypass ramble is correct on some points but dead wrong on others. A few facts may help.
Oliver Dunne argues that Byron Shire Council, the state government and West Byron developers should not be relying on an 1989 bypass proposal ‘that was intended to relieve traffic conditions for the years 2000 to 2025’.
Matt Hartley, Byron Bay. Attending the Byron United forum re Byron’s future was fascinating. The mayor spoke about ‘our town where we love to live’. He lives in Federal.
Dailan Pugh, Byron Bay. The Department of Planning and Infrastructure must go back to the drawing board with their extravagant West Byron development.
A dispute over ‘alarmingly incorrect information’ in an online petition over the West Byron development has erupted following the first meeting of the newly formed Byron Residents’ Group last Thursday.