Over development will kill Byron Bay's "golden goose"

Belongil Beach, Byron Bay, which is at the centre of a heated debate about a $1.2 million rock wall.
Belongil Beach, Byron Bay, which is at the centre of a heated debate about a $1.2 million rock wall.

OVER DEVELOPMENT risks killing the golden goose that is Byron Bay, councillor Duncan  Dey has warned.  

Mr Dey said the factors that make Byron attractive to residents and tourists, among them low-rise buildings, pristine beaches and uncrowded spaces, were under serious threat.  

"This council is quite pro-development and even building heights are being tinkered with," he said.   "But one of the things we like about Byron is that we can walk down the streets and they are sunny because they are not overshadowed by buildings."  

He added that the West Byron development, which was approved by NSW State Government, would massively increase population without really providing services, adding to the Shire's problems.  

Mr Dey will speak at the rally on Sunday against the Belongil Beach rock wall at Manfred Street.   

He said council will spend $1 million on the project which it doesn't have.   

"We are desperately short of funds," he said.  

"We need to spend our money on roads and rubbish not rocks.   

"This is a $1 million pet rock project and, to me, it looks atrocious."  

Angry Byron Shire residents will meet at The Wreck, Main Beach, at 1pm this Sunday for a protest rally that will include music and speeches from Greens MP for Ballina Tamara Smith and Mr Dey.   

Afterwards rally attendees will be invited to attend an event organised by Positive Change for Marine Life, Save Byron's Beaches, at 3pm at the Byron Community Centre to protest against development near the beach.  

Topics:  byron bay byron shire council rock wall

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