Byron council votes against Netflix series

Byron Council has voted to formally oppose filming of upcoming Netflix docusoap Byron Baes.

Byron Shire Council has voted to formally oppose filming of upcoming Netflix docusoap Byron Baes.

The council will write to Netflix stating its disapproval.

The Council voted to request that Netflix ‘relocate to another location and community that is supportive of hosting the show’.

But while the council is not expected to be able to stop NSW approved filming permits it also voted to request the State Government ‘conduct a review of the current NSW filming protocols to better provide local community engagement and offers its support to provide input into the review’.

Protests against the upcoming show have so far attracted international headlines.

Netflix advised Mayor Simon Richardson the show would not be damaging to the local community.

Meanwhile Cr Simon Richardson has announced that he will be stepping down as mayor from the end of next week.

Source: Byron Shire Echo

Photo: NBC

7 Responses

  1. There is nothing surprising about this ‘formal opposition’, made by a council that voted against adding fluoride to water, pandering again to their community of pseudo-alternative lifestylers.

    The mock outrage about something that hasn’t even happened yet is beyond laughable. If the Byron community are so afraid of being portrayed as a laughing stock, they’re really making it easy for Netflix and Eureka to do just that. I can’t wait to watch Byron Baes when it’s finally released!

  2. This would have to be one of the most bizarre faux-tests I have ever seen. Do they really have a problem with the influencers willingly signing up to participate in a show about what they do everyday anyway?

    Highlighting social issues as a reason to not film the show is pointless, the show is not a serious documentary, it’s entertainment (although that’s also debatable; it’s a pretty tragic commission by Netflix).

    The Streisand effect is playing out real-time!

    1. Me too.
      Regardless of whether Byron Bae is a good or bad idea, democracy should be allowed to do the job of giving the Byron Shire community a voice. They followed due process and the government should not provide those permits if the community as a whole has voted against it.

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