Cr Catherine Coorey. The Byron Shire Echo (1/3/17) reported that I voted against moving forward with Byron Shire Council's Draft Residential Strategy that included measures for delivering ‘affordable' housing. I fully support measures for low cost housing to ensure that Byron is a broad demography, not just an enclave of well-heeled retirees and refugees from the city scattered among empty holiday let houses. Disclosure: I am a refugee from the city.
Bangalow is the next town chosen by Byron Shire Council to have paid parking and it has appointed a company that installs car parking systems to sell its plan to the town’s residents.
Funding commitments for Byron Shire Council that have been ignored by the state government are causing ‘reputational damage,’ according to the council’s general manager Ken Gainger.
Requiring affordable housing in all new developments, encouraging secondary dwellings and setting aside land for caravan parks and manufactured homes are three new controls Byron Shire Council planning to implement as part of its new residential strategy.
A campaign by the local Byron Labor branch to build a skate park in Byron Bay is underway after Cr Paul Spooner (Country Labor) resurrected the idea at last Thursday’s council meeting.
Cr Paul Spooner, Byron Bay. Byron Shire Council has now submitted to the state government to pursue a 33.5 per cent permanent rate rise across the shire.
Susana Gardavsky, Mullumbimby. Byron Shire Council is asking ratepayers to 'please agree to paying higher rates than is approved by state government or else council will go broke’.
Residents against an NBN tower in Coorabell will have to go it alone after Council’s efforts to stop the project with a court injunction were abandoned at last Thursday’s Byron Shire Council meeting.
A 7–2 majority of councillors voted for a 7.5 per cent Special Rate Variation at last Thursday’s Byron Shire Council meeting.
Byron Shire Council staff say they are still waiting on feedback from the Roads and Maritime Services over traffic issues for the proposed Bangalow food precinct, which has been described by one resident as ' the largest industrial development ever for Byron Shire'.
Byron mayor Simon Richardson says he would like to see the Byron Shire Council working towards ‘zero landfill' as the future for Byron Shire. If it is to happen, it will need us to all brush up on our recycling skills.
Byron Shire Council yesterday voted for a 7.5 per cent rates hike over four years, yet the actual increase across residential, commercial and farmland is yet to be thrashed out.
Tom Tabart, Bangalow In quoting selected extracts of the Local Government Act (‘Councillor weighs in over spat’, Echo, January 25), Paul Spooner has only identified the division of labour between the mayor and GM. Had he consulted sections 222 and 223... Read More →
Byron Writers Festival founder and former chair Chris Hanley has been honoured with two prestigious awards: an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) and Byron Shire's ‘Citizen of the Year’ Australia Day Award.
Fast Buck$, Coorabell. I was intrigued to read the (Byron) mayor’s extensive and self-indulgent putdowns of Cr Tabart. Simon says that Cr Tabart never presented any evidence to back up his criticisms. However, there are none so blind as those who... Read More →
It appears a long-running dispute over a Mullumbimby affordable housing DA will be resolved via a conciliation conference between developer Koho and Byron Shire Council.
Cr Paul Spooner, who ran on a Labor platform for Byron Shire Council, has come to the defence of staff and Greens mayor, Simon Richardson.
Tom Tabart, Bangalow. Oh dear, Tom (the terrible) has once more upset Simon (the likeable) and I really wasn't really trying to. My fault for not making clear what was for publication.
The number of development applications (DAs) that Council assess – be that lopping a tree, a house or a large development – has doubled in the past year according to staff. Responding to claims of long processing times by former... Read More →
Division has emerged within the Byron Greens party, with mayor Simon Richardson and former Greens councillor Tom Tabart trading barbs over the mayor’s performance and ability to hold the council's staff to account.
Just as the outgoing US president is offering his successor some suggestions on how to rule the country, former Byron Greens councillor Duncan Dey has a few tips for the incoming crop of (mostly new) councillors.
John Wilson, Brunswick Heads. My understanding of green party values, apart from the obvious, is that they include social and economic equality and encouraging and supporting people to work together in their communities for their communities. Around three months ago Council... Read More →
Byron rates are not 'among the highest in the state', councillors are not being 'blindly led' by staff and the shire could be forcibly amalgamated unless a Special Rate Variation is approved, says the council's general manager.
Marianne McCormack, Billinudgel Do lives matter in the Byron Shire? Well it seems they do, but only if you choose to holiday or swim in Byron Bay or Brunswick Heads. While walking along Ocean Shores, New Brighton and South Golden... Read More →
Warren Hobbins, Suffolk Park. Let's get real you fools, 90 per cent of voters for a green council in Byron shire have no financial commitment to the area, and do leave the district ,when they realise they can't afford the cost of living here.