NEARLY 200 people attended an anti-development meeting at Byron Bay Community Centre last Thursday night, organised by the Byron Residents Group.
The meeting brought together locals opposing the West Byron Development and the planned Seniors Living development surrounding the new Byron Hospital, both on Ewingsdale Rd.
Among those speaking were Cate Coorey, from the Byron Residents Group, and Kirsty Nugent, from the Ewingsdale Community Association, along with environmental campaigner Dailan Pugh.
Ben Gordon, drummer with metal core band Parkway Drive, spoke at the meeting opposing both developments.
The phenomenally popular band is named after the street in Ewingsdale where his family home is located.
Following last Thursday's forum Mr Gordon was part of a new group that met last Sunday to form the Byron Young Residents Alliance (BYRA).
"Our group aims to encourage open discussion and involvement with all young Byron Shire residents and provide a platform to represent this demographic on local community issues," said BYRA member and Parkway Drive singer Winston McCall.
At Thursday's meeting candidates for the upcoming state election, including Labor's Paul Spooner and The Green's Tamara Smith also spoke.
Organisers also called on Nationals candidate Kris Beavis to make known his views on the West Byron Development.
Mr Beavis told the Byron Shire News that following the State Government's decision to re-zone the land at West Byron the matter would now be considered by Byron Shire Council as a local issue.
"Whilst the outcome probably hasn't landed the way some wanted, there is now an opportunity for the local community to interact with Byron Council having regard to the Development Control Plan ...," he said.
Mr Beavis said the residents of Byron deserved a better traffic solution before any more development happened.
To contact BYRA go to www.facebook.com/byronyoungresidentsalliance.
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