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March 27, 2023

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Janelle Saffin holds the seat of Lismore

Janelle Saffin is in the lead for the seat of Lismore after yesterday's state election. Although preroll and postal votes are yet to be counted, it’s hard to imagine Saffin’s position changing.

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Residents of Cabbage Tree Island want to go home

Anger and frustration at not being able to go home saw a group of residents reclaim their properties yesterday on Cabbage Tree Island.

Byron’s chocoholics’ Easter destination

The Love Byron Bay boutique has been specialising in unique cocoa encounters for nearly a decade now. In this...

Harmony Week – Global Beats

On Saturday 25 March 2023, Byron Multicultural will celebrate Harmony Week 2023 with Global Beats Byron Bay – World Music Lantern Parade; a stellar lineup of music, dance and rhythms.

Seat of Lismore has 1,000 new constituents after Electoral Commission redistribution

There are about 1,000 new constituents in the Byron Shire hinterland who at this Saturday’s election come into the Electorate of Lismore because of a NSW Electoral Commission redistribution.

Voting guide to preferencing in the NSW lower house

The NSW election, to be held on Saturday March 25, uses optional preferencing in both houses of parliament.

A bonanza for developers and land bankers?

The NSW Planning Rezoning Pathways Program will service the current agendas of developers and land bankers throughout Tweed Shire, particularly the State Significant Farmlands of Cudgen Plateau.

Celebrating its 14th birthday this month, the Byron Visitor Centre, located in the old Stationmaster’s cottage behind the main bus stop in Byron Bay, receives more than a quarter of a million enquiries per year. The Byron Visitor Centre educates and encourages our visitors to stay longer through identifying the visitors’ needs, converting the enquiries into bookings and generating more referrals for local accommodation and tour operators. According to Jill Kelly, who recently joined the team as manager the Byron Visitor Centre, ‘we are focused on introducing the destinations stories, so visitors can more fully understand the experiences, and identify which services would add value to their holiday experience within the region’.

‘It’s amazing how things have changed since 1997. We have moved from a pure information centre to a fully-fl edged booking agent employing 10 people. We keep people in jobs, upskill volunteers, create family opportunities to help provide training and enthusiasm about our local products and services.’ The Byron Visitor Centre is a Level One accredited VIC with Tourism New South Wales, receives four times the regional average number of visitors compared to other VICs, and three times the state average. All the staff work hard throughout the year to connect local businesses with the hundreds of customers each day who access the service, and they ensure that members’ products are well represented.

Jill Kelly is proud of the BVC’s achievements considering the current economic situation and added, ‘It’s not just about numbers, it’s about consistent, friendly, accurate service, and I am working hard to improve the way we run this centre and promote our members’ services.’ Servicing an average of 600 people per day, the BVC is the only Level One accredited centre not funded by local government. As a not-for-profi t association, revenue is raised from membership, commission and retail sales. Member businesses can display their brochures in the Centre, as well as having a micro-site on the BVC’s website. Membership is available for businesses wishing to promote themselves from the centre of the Byron Bay community. Through becoming a member you gain the opportunity to deliver your products and services to thousands of people a year, and all businesses are welcome to apply.

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Tamara Smith returned to Ballina’s Greens seat

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