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May 28, 2022

Pigs will fly

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Primex Sustainable Farming and Primary Industries Expo new date confirmed

After being postponed due to the flooding and ongoing wet weather the 2022 Primex Sustainable Farming and Primary Industries Expo and will now go ahead on November 10–12.

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NSW Upper House wants to hear about the floods

The NSW Upper House is inviting members of the community to speak at about their experiences in the February and March floods.

Regrets for treatment of Wardell CORE?

After Ballina Council's recent decision, at its Finance and Facilities Committee Meeting, to effectively evict the Wardell Community Organised Resilience Effort (CORE) from the War Memorial Hall, in mid-flood recovery, some were having second thoughts at their Ordinary Meeting yesterday.

Large bioenergy facility gets nod

Byron Council’s plan to build a facility that converts waste into electricity at the Byron Bay Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) has been given the green light by the Northern Regional Planning Panel

Australian politics transformed

Following an election like no other, Australia looks set to change course on climate and corruption, with the Coalition's Scott Morrison being prised from office and Anthony Albanese about to form a new Labor government with the support of Greens and teal independents.

Byron Council’s new bioenergy gas electricity plant

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Progress at Ross Lane?

The perennial question 'is Ross Lane open?' edged closer to an answer yesterday, with Ballina Council discussing a range of options to solve the flooding problem which regularly cuts off Lennox's main access to the west. Ross Lane has been closed again this week.

While the majority of residents in the north of Byron Shire have valid concerns about the development application for a festival site on environmentally sensitive land at Yelgun and are overwhelmingly against the DA, the planning department has seen fit to recommend this contentious development be approved.

What really upsets people is that the development is being assessed under dubious planning laws changed to suit the needs of developers by a government which was soundly rejected at the last election because of this behaviour. The former planning minister, Tony Kelly, is being investigated by ICAC for allegations he behaved in a corrupt manner.

The lack of competence, even outright corruption, by our politicians and bureaucrats is highlighted by the environmental assessment of the DA by the director of planning in which train services as a means of transport to the Yelgun site are referred to many times. The director is obviously unaware that there have been no train services to the area since 2004.

But despite the incompetence and possible corruption of the previous state government, the community is supposed to sit back and allow this contentious development to proceed and wear the collateral damage to the community, the wildlife and the environment.

Given the history of the Byron Shire community and the level of anger generated by this contentious development we will most likely see pigs fly first.

Louise Doran

Ocean Shores


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