Bund gets green light
By SAMANTHA TURNBULL firstname.lastname@example.org "SHAME, shame, shame," cried Kathy Norley as she walked out of the Byron Shire Council chambers in disgust. The South Golden Beach Progress Association president has accused councillors of betraying ratepayers by voting yesterday to amend the Byron local environment plan to allow a possible increase in water flow through the Kallaroo Court bund at North Ocean Shores. Ms Norley believes if the bund is widened more than 100 homes in North Ocean Shores and South Golden Beach will be affected by increased flooding. "We have been betrayed," she said after the council vote. "Councillors have negated their duty of care to their own residents and to the environment." However, a council staff report claimed any alteration to the bund would lead to only a minor increase in flood levels, which would have a minimal impact on residents. Tweed Shire Council acting engineer Patrick Knight urged the councillors to amend the LEP, or risk further State Government intervention and legal action. Byron Shire mayor Jan Barham reluctantly voted in favour of the LEP amendment saying: "What they are asking of us may be unreasonable, but we have no way to prove that unless we go through a process and this amendment allows that process to happen." Councillors John Lazarus, Diane Woods, Ross Tucker and Tom Tabart voted against the amendment. Cr Peter Westheimer was absent.