17.1 C
Byron Shire
May 13, 2021

No to Leda’s leadership

Latest News

Save Broken Head

Jan Barham, Broken Head Broken Head is precious but fragile. Again, it’s under threat and it’s urgent to act now....

Other News

Water strategy

Alan Dickens, Brunswick Heads The people of Mullumbimby would be aware that Byron Shire Council (BSC) intends to hand over...

Interview with Cyprien Clerc, Founder and managing Director of Futureseeds

Founder and Managing Director at FutureSeeds, Cyprien Clerc, talks to The Echo about this upcoming event.

Upside down river

Tim Harrington, Lennox Head Letter contributor Richard White (letters 21/4/21) quite correctly identifies the Richmond River as an ‘upside down river’...

Marvell Hall’s ‘Dangerously Poetic’ fundraiser

This Sunday Marvell Hall will host a tribute to some of the street-named fellows with poetry, music and portraits as a fundraiser for the hall.

Echo turns 35 and You are invited!

This year The Echo turns 35, and to celebrate this momentous anniversary they are putting on The Echo Community Awards – and everyone is invited!

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.

There is something essentially undemocratic about the proponent of major housing development projects campaigning for the election of a ‘pro-business council’. Leda Corporation spokesman Reg Van Rij told a Tweed Chamber of Commerce meeting on 7 May to vote for a pro-business council at the September election.

The former state government handed the bulk of future Tweed housing development to one company, Leda, with an exemption from adhering to most of the normal council planning controls. I wonder what more Leda wants. Council now has only the most minimal oversight and surely the community needs to be protected from a large Sydney developer that has only its own profit in mind.

The company recently has been discovered to have illegally cleared neighbouring land that is reserved for nature conservation.

As a retired businessperson, I believe that the Tweed will benefit more from encouraging everyone to consider the whole of our community including the environment. When Mr Van Rij says ‘pro-business’ I suspect he means big business, not the myriad of small businesses that make up the majority of employers in our region.

Massive housing developments like Kings Forest and Cobaki Lakes may suit the Gold Coast but not the Tweed, where residents enjoy a more relaxed lifestyle with a much lower level of traffic congestion and crime.

Current councillors often say things like, ‘We have to accept a major increase in population’. I hope the new council we will elect in September will consult the current residents about that and be prepared to champion our Tweed lifestyle. We do have a choice.

Scott Sledge
Tweed Respect team
Candidate for Tweed Shire Council


Previous articleTrouble in store
Next articleNot buying land claims

Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.


  1. There is some irony in scotts comments especially given that hans wrote in the byron echo 22/5 that the byron shires cuts to community services continue to cause pain. Hans nailed it on the head when he said “we remain unique in the world trying its hardest to aspire to economic growth at any cost to the environment” Scott, your can’t have it both ways and as long as we continue to give birth, live longer and accept refuges it’s a double edged sword and as Reg was addressing the chamber of commerce, you as a retired businessman would know its membership is made up of sole traders and SME. And if you want to live in eutopia and believe that having a small population will mean less crime and cars on the road then your dreaming. Just look at byron, very congested roads as people daytrip and holiday to what you are aspiring to and to what they don’t currently have on a permanent basis, and the crime follows like the caravans they pull .look at the crime stats V population and based on a per captita the crime figures as a % don’t vary from shire to shire or city to city.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Editorial: The vulnerable at risk

Most of us would hope that the taxes we pay go towards key areas such as health, education and to supporting the most vulnerable in our community.

Developers push swamp boundaries – will council push back?

It has once again been left to residents to raise serious issues in relation to a development application (DA) that is pushing to overdevelop at 6 Keats Street, Byron Bay at the expense of the environment, in particular the Cumbebin Swamp.

Flickerfest tour returns to the Northern Rivers

Celebrating 30 years in 2021 Flickerfest is bringing its National Tour to The Regent Cinema Murwillumbah for one big film packed this weekend

Water and the dam

Dr Roslyn Irwin, Caniaba An organisation called ‘Our Future NR’ is distributing and promoting information intended to put the Dunoon Dam, which was excluded from...