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Local News Sunday rally planned against mega development Enova’s solar garden pitch Placards, props and signs are being prepared for the West Byron protest rally, which will be held from 10am on Sunday June 17 at Byron’s Apex Park on Main Beach, The Byron Residents Group and the Byron Young Residents Association have combined to hold the event, which will be emceed by Mark Swivel.


Enova MD Tony Pfeiffer, Labor’s Mark Butler, state Labor candidate for Ballina Asren Pugh and Enova chair Alison Crook. Photo Jeff Dawson

Council’s deputy mayor Basil Cameron, NSW Labor candidate Asren Pugh and NSW Greens MP Tamara Smith will speak. Nationals MLC Ben Franklin was invited to speak, but has told The Echo he ‘cannot attend unfortunately as I will be at the Nationals state conference in Cowra. ‘It’s a shame – I would have loved to be there.’ Organisers say BYO placards.

Shadow federal Labor minister for climate change and energy, Mark Butler, stopped in at Enova’s HQ to offer support for its groundbreaking community-owned solar garden project.

Head chef at the Byron General Store, Galaxy, is pictured with friend Melissa King. Both support the upcoming West Byron protest rally, along with the store’s owners. It will be held from 10am Sunday June 17 at Apex Park, Main Beach, Byron Bay. Photo supplied

State govt fails to communicate to Council over West Byron public meeting on June 19 A department of planning spokesperson confirmed with The Echo that ‘letters sent out from the Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP) to notify the community of the upcoming meeting incorrectly stated that Council’s assessment report and recommendations would be made available prior to the meeting.’ ‘Community members wishing to speak at the meeting should raise any further planning-related issues they have with the proposal at the public briefing.

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It’s emerged that the government-appointed body that will decide on the proposed West Byron urban sprawl opposite the Arts & Industry Estate will not have been provided with Council’s assessment, or the thousands of public submissions before the June 19 public meeting at the Mullum Civic Hall. Two West Byron DAs have been lodged, and seek approval for 667 residential lots and associated business, industrial and residue lots.




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Residents at the river end of Stuart, Dalley and Gordon streets in Mullumbimby are being warned of the noxious hydrangea plant taking over stormwater drains and anywhere with shade especially the lanes. Resident Kathy Woods says, ‘It causes massive skin allergies for dogs and will cost a fortune in vet fees trying to cure.’ ‘Please pull it out if you

Hydrangea is toxic for dogs, cats and horses. Photo supplied

have it around; every little leaf is growing a new plant.’




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taken into account in the assessment process.’ The Echo asked the department of planning and environment (DoPE), ‘Why didn’t the JRPP or the DoPE seek to confirm that Council staff had completed its West Byron assessment before announcing this meeting for June 19? It appears a waste of the public’s time to make public submissions at this meeting given the panel will not be fully informed of Council’s position and the public opposition.’ There was no reply by deadline.

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‘A further public meeting will be held to give the community another opportunity to directly address the Panel with their concerns once the council’s assessment report and its recommendations have been finalised. The report will be made available on the Planning Panels website seven days prior to the public meeting.’ Council staff confirmed they are still assessing the application and reviewing submissions. A spokesperson said, ‘The verbal submissions that will be made at the public briefing will also need to be

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The Byron Shire Echo – Issue 33.01 – June 13, 2018  

Free, independent weekly newspaper from the Byron Shire in northern NSW, Australia.

The Byron Shire Echo – Issue 33.01 – June 13, 2018  

Free, independent weekly newspaper from the Byron Shire in northern NSW, Australia.