Managers lay low as Byron flak flies
By MEGAN KINNINMENT
BYRON at Byron managers John and Lyn Parche love their boss, retail magnate Gerry Harvey, but they want to steer clear of the hoopla surrounding his resort.
"Who can tame Gerry Harvey or (Byron mayor) Jan Barham?" Ms Parche asked.
However, the Parches have been caught up in the hoopla, with their business put on hold during Mr Harvey's much-publicised fight with Byron Shire Council over permission to open. That permission was granted last week.
"I hope all the controversy will fizzle out and people will begin to see the positives: the local producers we buy from, the local people we employ," Mr Parche said.
"The staff had a huge celebration last week when we were told we were officially opened," Ms Parche said.
"They are the ones who are really copping the flak from people every time they go into town."
While its 35 staff are kept busy with running the 60-
room resort, controversy is never far away. Plans for another 32 rooms are on hold as council, resort architects and builders again do battle over consent details.
Council planning director, Ray Darney, said his team issued a stop work order because the resort did not have a construction certificate.
Resort architect, Ed Haysom, said the company voluntarily stopped work after it learned of new bushfire-relat- ed building regulations.