Byron CZMP: “I’m Not Dead Yet”
BYRON SHIRE’s Coastal Management Plan (CZMP) has still not been finalised. At the Byron Shire Council meeting of June 29, the motion to adopt the CZMP was passed 5-4.
But in an extraordinary turn of events late in the meeting, the motion was recommitted for further debate.
Councillors Cubis and Ibrahim left the still open meeting early, before it had closed.
Then Greens Councillor Duncan Dey moved to re-commit the CZMP motion – effectively putting it back on the table for further debate at the next Council meeting on 14 July.
The vote was tied 3-3 (Dey, Richardson, Cameron for and Wanchap, Woods and Hunter against).
Greens Mayor Simon Richardson used his casting vote as Mayor to push the vote through.
The Mayor said Cr Cubis had previously been warned that votes could be recommitted if any Councillor left a meeting before its close.
“Once Sol and Chris left, Duncan moved to recommit. The resulting vote was 3-3 and I used my casting vote to recommit the CZMP vote” he said.
Then three Councillors left the chamber to make sure there was no quorum. I then closed the meeting with the CZMP still to be voted upon. So it cannot be sent to the Minister until after the July 14 meeting.
Cr Richardson said the CZMP now can not be sent to the Minister until after the July 14 meeting.
The CZMP will instead be re-debated on 14 July in front of what will no doubt be an even more packed and vocal public gallery.
Local media analyst Lucy Ashley sees this as an opportunity to possibly overturn the CZMP.
“I’m hoping that sanity will prevail at the next Council meeting,” she said.
“If you’ve ever thought you should attend a council meeting and have your say on something important, this is the one. Great news for our community – and for our beautiful Belongil Beach.”