7.6 C
Byron Shire
June 23, 2024

Ballina Coastcare holds out hope for environmental hotspot

Latest News

Cars and other items stolen from Brunswick Heads

Local police are warning residents in the Byron Shire to be diligent in maintaining their home security after personal items and vehicles were stolen from Brunswick Heads yesterday.

Other News

Byron business perspectives in a tough winter 

Having traded in Byron Bay for 47 years, Skallyrags owner, Rob Bass, said he’s never seen a winter like this one.

Byron Writers Festival 2024 Program

A vibrant program packed with high-profile literary luminaries, and new voices to discover, has been released by the Byron Writers Festival. The event will be held August 9 till 11.

Cars and other items stolen from Brunswick Heads

Local police are warning residents in the Byron Shire to be diligent in maintaining their home security after personal items and vehicles were stolen from Brunswick Heads yesterday.

Why have NSW Labor failed to hold their promised drug summit?

On budget eve the banner ‘Premier, you promised. Drug Summit Now’ was dropped across from NSW Parliament calling on NSW Labor to set a date for the long awaited NSW Drug Summit.

Emergency tower works stopped

Installation of an emergency services mobile tower on a popular visitor look-out in Wilsons Creek is on hold, after a local NSW MP raised concerns that the area had been misidentified as regrowth.

Max to the Max

As a young man who grew up in the Byron Shire, Max McAuley discovered his talent for dance and performance at an early age. When his parents saw him playing music videos over and over again and copying the choreography, they decided it was time to enrol him in formal dance lessons.

The future of 35 hectares of top environmental land surrounding Flat Rock Tent Park at north Angels Beach remains under a cloud, but there may be a distant glimmer of light, according to Ballina Coastcare.

Owned as freehold by Ballina Council, a proposal to reclassify the commercially unused sections of the land from Operational to Community land was knocked back by Council at its October meeting.

Despite a petition signed by more than 400 people and almost 18 months of lobbying, only one Greens councillor supported the motion.

But Ballina Coastcare secretary Dr Lee Andresen told Echonetdaily that he was convinced council could be persuaded on the issue ‘down the track’.

‘Council gave six reasons for knocking it back. We have made a substantial response demonstrating five of the reasons were either invalid or trivial,’ he said yesterday.

One reason council gave that Dr Andresen admitted did have merit was the impending finalisation of a shared foreshore cycle and walkway.

‘Part of the pathway will go through the council land. Council has argued it will be easier formally to put the path over the land while it is classified as Operational. They say that changing the classification beforehand could make the process “more cumbersome”.

‘This gives us hope that once the plans are in place for the shared pathway they might think again about reclassifying it.’

Cr Sharon Cadwallader, who is one of the representatives of B Ward in which the land is situated, broadly agreed that council could be open to considering reclassification once the pathway plans are complete.

But she also raised further issues that could stand in the way of imminent reclassification.

‘It would not be appropriate before the footprint of the shared pathway has been signed off – and that is yet to be considered’ she told Echonetdaily.

‘Also plans for Flat Rock Tent Park need to be fully developed.’

Cr Cadwallader would not be drawn on whether she thought the Flat Rock Tent Park could expand into some of the council land, which has the highest environmental rating of any land in the shire.

‘We’d be looking for a more comprehensive report from staff next time before we went ahead,’ she said.

Meanwhile, Ballina Coastcare has addressed a B-Ward advisory meeting. Dr Andresen said members ‘listened carefully to our appeal for the matter to be reconsidered.

‘They unanimously adopted a motion urging our three B-Ward councillors – Jeff Johnson, Sharon Cadwallader and Peter Moore – to either rescind the October resolution or else agree to support the issue being reconsidered after a fresh report to council in three months’ time.

‘That’s actually good news for the East Ballina community,’ he said.


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Yes, peace is the solution

Both Duncan Shipley-Smith and John Scrivener yet again display the same responses that I talk about over, and over and over again. They do...

Teething problem

I think it’s really stupid and potentially dangerous that the concept of an absorption period of charging a lead acid battery has been transferred...

Rising Tide activists head to Justine Elliot’s office with kayaks

Today saw just over 40 people kayak from John Follent Park in Tweed Heads to Faux Park in South Tweed, before walking close to a one km with their kayaks to the Labor Member for Richmond's Office to demand an end to new fossil fuel projects.

Butterfly and bee highways created by local schools

Northern Rivers students have created a ‘B&B Highway’ for bees, birds, and butterflies to support threatened pollinators in the region.