FINISHING TOUCHES: Landscaper Peter Sinclair plants one of the last of over 20,000 native plants at Byron at Byron.
FINISHING TOUCHES: Landscaper Peter Sinclair plants one of the last of over 20,000 native plants at Byron at Byron.

$45m Byron resort open for business, or is it?

By ALEX EASTON

GERRY HARVEY'S $45-million Byron at Byron resort is open, even though the Byron Shire Council is yet to tick off on the final project.

Resort general manager John Parche yesterday said the resort was effectively open now, with only minor clean-up work to be done before it could take guests.

However, Byron Shire Council planning director Ray Darney said the council was still to issue approval for the resort's on-site sewage treatment system.

He said changes to the system had to be advertised for four weeks, to allow for public comment, before council could sign off on it ? pushing final approval back to late January.

Mr Parche said he had been told the council had issued its final approvals.

Byron at Byron project manager Gary Dent said all other approvals were in place and resort representatives were negotiating with the council to have the sewage treatment system approved.

Mr Dent said he hoped to have the resort open for business by the end of the week.

Neither Mr Dent nor Mr Parche could say whether the re- sort would stay open if the council could not sign off on it.

However, Mr Parche said the resort could not stay idle.

"We have a $45 million resort sitting here and you can't be sitting around with something that's 99 per cent ready," he said.



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