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May 14, 2021

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Michael Lyon elected as Byron Mayor

Owing to the resignation of former Mayor at the end of April, a vote was held today to replace Simon Richardson, until the next election

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Plans to increase building heights in Byron CBD may be shelved

Byron Council’s controversial plan to increase building height limits on a block in the centre of Byron Bay looks set to be abandoned at this week’s planning meeting.

Father and son win first sailing race

Sixteen boats competed in the Tweed Valley Sailing Club’s race day earlier this month in a 10-12 knot breeze that suited newcomers to the sport well.

‘Endless land releases’ not the solution for Byron’s housing crisis, says Labor mayor hopeful

Northern Rivers-based trade unionist and MBA student Asren Pugh has announced his candidature for Byron Shire Mayor in September’s local government elections on behalf of Country Labor. 

Global predicament

Dudley Leggett – Director of Sustainability Research Institute, Suffolk Park Phillip Frazer’s article, (Echo 6 January) is an excellent summary of...

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How well do you know your koala facts? Test your knowledge at the June 2 Koala Hard Quiz in Mullumbimby.

Locals call for automatic revocation of speeding fines on Hinterland Way in first half of April

When local man Nathan Hicks saw posts on Facebook about locals who had received fines they believed were incorrect he decided to look into challenging his own fine. 

Great disappointment but no shocks at the roll-out plan for the NBN high-speed broadband network announced today.

Apart from two new housing estates the Northern Rivers seems to have been declared an NBN-free zone for at least the next three years.

What happened to the promises that most needy areas would be addressed first?

So we crawl along with speeds less than five per cent of other developed countries’.

It’s no wonder we struggle to attract clean green new business to the area. A high-speed network is the first item on their list of requirements. It’s just not good enough to have great beaches, perfect waves and nice people.

I implore our federal representatives to fight on our behalf for a commitment to installation within this term of parliament.

If not, our chances are greatly reduced with the coalition promising to scrap the scheme all together.

Tony Gilding


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1 COMMENT

  1. Tony,

    I absolutely agree that the Federal Government has let us down in this region in a big way.

    This region were early adopters of the Internet and have been disabled by the government and the telcos dragging the chain at every stage.

    Why did the city regions get targeted first? They already had cable and ADSL2+ when the best most people in this region could get was wireless.

    As a person whose IT business has operated in this region since 1997, I am appalled that there is NO PLANNED ROLLOUT between Grafton and the Gold Coast. How can I continue to compete with my international competitors when I can’t get even a stable broadband let alone a fast one.

    As it is, I have 2 suppliers. I am supposed to have 20/1 gig Bigpond but it rarely gets anything like those speeds…. whereas my supplier on the Gold Coast (ADSL 512k/512k) supplies the speed it advertises every time but the problem is that Telstra want to charge them $50,000 to offer me (being their only Northern NSW customer) ADSL2+.

    Add to that the fact that BigPond is noticeably slower due to their filtering, the situation is really terrible.

    I have waiting since 1996 to get viable speeds up here… having just left Sydney when the cable was installed where I lived. That’s 16 years…

    I’ll be dead before we get the NBN. Steven Conroy and his band of city-based prudes should be forced to live in Corndale for a year… maybe then they would appreciate the handicap we overcome every day just to survive.

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