Group plans to back mayor over Byron development

A PUBLIC meeting will be held tonight on the controversial housing development that saw Byron Shire councillor Rose Wanchap quit the Greens last month and is back on the agenda at tomorrow's council meeting.

Tempers flared last month over the proposed West Byron development, with Mayor Simon Richardson's emergency motion to ask the State Government to defer rezoning of the 108ha site defeated when Cr Wanchap crossed the floor to vote against her fellow Greens and then resigned from the party the next day.

Cr Richardson is having another attempt on Thursday, lodging a notice of motion that will ask councillors to call upon the State Government to defer the rezoning of the West Byron Urban Release Area until further studies are completed on traffic impacts, acid sulphate soils and a koala management plan completed.

The Byron Residents' Group has called a public meeting to garner support for the mayor's motion.

The meeting will be held at 6.30pm tonight at the Byron Regional Sports and Cultural Centre on Ewingsdale Rd.



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