The Hon. R. S. L. JONES [5.57]: North Ocean Shores is probably one of the most intensively studied development sites in Australia. It is located 40 kilometres north of Byron Bay. It comprises 850 hectares, situated mostly in the shire of Byron. Years of controversy culminated in an exhaustive public hearing presided over by Commissioner Simpson at Mullumbimby in 1990. He recommended that environmental protection zoning be put in place over most of the land because of its outstanding natural and cultural conservation value. Byron Shire Council planners then proceeded to prepare an appropriate local environment plan, but at the eleventh hour the newly elected group of Byron shire councillors used their majority to defer much of the elevated ridge country for reinvestigation. This has occurred on countless occasions….
Irresponsible pesticide use is also taking place – hormonal poisons such as 2,4-D and 2,4,5-T have been applied in North Ocean Shores up to and including 1985, with 2,4-D still being sprayed by air and being the subject of ground application. Dead wallabies, possums, lizards and birds – such as magpies and currawongs – have been viewed after such spraying operations over 15 years in North Ocean Shores. Dead koalas have also been located. This area should be protected.