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April 1, 2023


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Tweed residents outraged at destruction of koala habitat on Cobaki Creek

A 'legacy' floodplain development on the tidal estuary of Cobaki Creek, known to have recent koala sightings, was approved in 1996 and is now being cleared.

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Do you still need help to get two rooms fixed after the 2022 flood?

More than 80 Lismore residents have had help getting a few rooms in their flood-impacted homes re-sheeted and habitable...

Monthly market

Congratulations to all concerned on the successful relaunch of the Byron market held on the first Sunday of the...

Ballina council contractor debt waived after company goes bust

The Ballina Shire Council has voted to write off debt owed by a failed private company initially hired to develop six industrial lots six years ago.

Drill Hall / Fun / Repeat

Experienced Director and theatre worker, Susan Melhuish, is bringing Mark Ravenhill’s politically charged Shoot/ Get Treasure/ Repeat to the Drill Hall Theatre for three nights as part of the Company’s free Member Nights. Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat opened at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2007 co-produced by The National Theatre, Gate Theatre and Royal Court Theatre.

Helping our elders on April Falls Day

April Falls Month is an annual campaign to raise awareness about the impact of falls and to promote the latest best practice fall prevention strategies. The overall campaign goal is to get active and improve balance for fall prevention.

TEB takes one from two in cricket grand finals

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Santa Claus of the rental crisis

It was distressing to read (Echo, December 13) about the alleged abuses wrought by a tenant (not a landlord for a change!) who was ‘sharing’ his rented premises with a rather large amount of people for what would seem to be exorbitant rent. Supposedly he feels he is justified in receiving $1,000/week from co-tenants for a property he is leasing. It would seem, if Byron Shire Council was correct in reporting there were 19 people staying there, he is actually receiving much more than that.

At a time when ‘affordable housing’ is the catch-cry for a boom in new granny flats and studios blooming throughout the Shire – with a huge reduction in fees to council but apparently no strictures that these are actually rented at affordable rates – it is disgusting to hear it reported that this individual was actually bleating on about his wonderful ‘hospitality’ in providing homes to the ‘local, young 20-something-years-old people’. Apparently, this man has rented a house and then taken it upon himself to cram in way over the eight people he claims he is allowed to have on the premises out of the goodness of his heart and concern for their ‘safety’.

When he does finally have time to appear in court to answer the charges, I’d love to hear the facts about just what this Santa Claus of the rental crisis is doing. Please keep us informed.

Trude Helm, Byron Bay



Goodbye to Berlin

Well, I never thought I would read a comparson of Byron Bay versus Berlin! (Letters, Decmber 13.)

Maybe, Richard, if clean air, clean water, great community, country living, fresh food from farmers markets, amazing flora and fauna, incredible beaches and surf – I could go on and on – were as important to you as fashion, gym memberships, alcohol prices and internet downloads and LED screens, then a comparison to Berlin is highly unlikely.

Your comparison seems symptomatic of all that’s wrong with the western world. I suspect you want to get many Byron locals swanning off to Berlin based on what you say it has to offer.

Vince Sherry, Myocum

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