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.
Jens Krause, Byron Bay. Byron shire councillors are held on a short leash. Complex financial information released only a few days before a crucial meeting to decide the financial future of the shire and the potential ruin of individuals. Scrutinizing undesirable, the general manager's word is the gospel.
Asren Pugh, acting secretary, Byron Labor. Over the last few weeks Byron Labor has called for residents across the shire to let our local councilors know that we do not support a 60 per cent increase to our rates.
A dispute over adequate consultation for a proposed fixed-wireless tower in Coorabell is just one of many issues residents face as NBN Co and Visionstream forge ahead in constructing the tower.
Robin Harrison, Binna Burra.
The sheen is already coming off the recently elected progressive Byron Shire Council, with Byron Labor attacking the Greens-led council over its proposed major rate increases and its handling of negotiations to purchase the Suffolk Park sports field.
Alan Dickens, Brunswick Heads Byron Shire Council’s meeting on December 15 will be a test of the newly elected councillors when they discuss the report from the Community Advisory Committee for Water and Recycling. Already, according to the agenda for the committee... Read More →
Suffolk Park residents are celebrating a big win after Byron Shire Council yesterday confirmed it had successfully negotiated the purchase of the Beech Drive education land in Suffolk Park from the state government for $900,000.
Cr Paul Spooner, Byron Bay It’s clear Byron Shire Council needs a boost in income to solve an infrastructure backlog that’s been in a state of deterioration for well over a decade. I’m not that interested in apportioning blame as to... Read More →
Byron Shire Council has announced that the draft West Byron Development Control Plan (DCP) is to be independently peer reviewed, which council says it would like to take place prior to its endorsement.
Sue Arnold Co ordinator Australians for Animals Inc, Ocean Shores. Given the extraordinary statements by Mat Morris quoted in relation to the Land & Environment Court’s refusal to grant permanency consent to Parklands to hold festivals for 50,000 patrons, serious... Read More →
Chris Dobney An auction of ‘surplus’ Education Department land at Suffolk Park has been cancelled after the intervention of education minister Adrian Piccoli. The embattled minister, who resigned as deputy premier yesterday morning, announced the sale’s postponement in the afternoon.... Read More →
I cannot really agree with any of Byron Shire Council's three special rate variation proposals because, being a pensioner, you are asking for the federal government to increase my pension way above indexation, and I think I just saw a 'pig fly pass my window'.