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Hospital staff want to park for free while they work

It seems that Lismore Base isn’t the only hospital whose workers would like to park their cars for free while they work.

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A closer look at Byron Council’s fossil fuel investments

Is Byron Council putting its money where its mouth is when it comes to reducing carbon emissions?

Belongil beach hut

L S Lambert, Byron Bay The illegal building on Belongil Beach (Letters, 12 February) is a permanent structure with no...

Transparency needed

Janelle Saffin MP, State Member for Lismore. I read with interest Mia Armitage’s front page article in last week’s Echo...

Cartoon of the week – 24 February, 2021

We love to receive letters, but not every letter will be published; the publication of letters is at the discretion of the online and print letters editors.

Music fest aims to be COVID-19 recovery event

Byron Bay could host a two-day, beachside music and arts festival in June this year, after an application to hold the event was lodged with Byron Council.

Community bar – not

Liz Levy, Suffolk Park I couldn’t believe what I was reading in The Echo: a plan to turn an ‘iconic’...

Last Tweed Shire Council meeting, councillors voted to exclude me from the GM selection panel, without any warning, because I stated that it would be great if the new GM turned out to be a woman. My suggestion for belated training to alleviate councillors’ concerns about their perceived bias of my statement was not accepted despite training for selection committees being specifically identified in Council’s Equal Employment Opportunity Management Plan.

After the devastating lack of support from Dot for a review of the Kings Forest concept, and the lack of support for a ‘no dogs’ policy from Joan, I was pleasantly surprised that councillors later supported a number of motions I had put up.

These included reports to be bought forward on encouraging roadside fruit-and-veg stalls; ensuring protection status for the Alberts Lyrebird featured on Council’s crest; maximising opportunities for public transport with the Commonwealth Games; composting toilets; and a workshop on extending bikeways.

They failed to support other motions I proposed for community input on prioritisation for the regional development grants; developing a tourism mural concept; a request to the health department to accommodate the koala corridor at Pottsville in their development plans; dual reticulation for Kings Forest; encouraging sustainable design; and most surprising of all, they refused to support a report on prioritising road works for Tweed Heads CBD.

Tweed Shire councillor Katie Milne


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