14.2 C
Byron Shire
May 14, 2021

Check their voting patterns

Latest News

A hands up poll

Helena Norberg-Hodge and John Page, Byron Bay Hands up everyone who wants another high-end tourist resort in Byron: a place...

Other News

Creative carbon capture

Desmond Bellamy – Special Projects Coordinator, PETA Australia, Byron Bay Last week, the Australian government pledged half a billion dollars for ‘clean’...

Secret footage from Manus detention centre to be screened in Lismore

A thirteen-minute award-winning documentary based on footage secretly filmed inside Australia’s former detention centre on Manus Island is to be screened in Lismore Thursday night.

Ageism alive and well

Margaret Boshier, St Ives I have been spending time in the ocean since before I could walk; I grew up...

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....

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.

Travelling at the speed of lies

When Tim Berners-Lee and others created the architectural foundations of the world wide web, they did so with the vision of openness, idea sharing, and trust. Human nature has a way of making things more complicated, of course.

Elizabeth Jack, Tyalgum

Six of the current Tweed councillors will be standing for election again. Let us not forget their history of voting patterns in council as we go to election.

All of them claimed to be ‘green’ at the last election, but five of the seven of them were anti-environment once in council. One of them on being elected mayor said, ‘My main objective as mayor will be to preserve this lovely, pristine environment,’ and then went on to vote for a dam at Byrrill Creek and other environmentally unfriendly issues!

Cr Longland, prior to becoming mayor, half the time seconded and voted for motions made by the only consistently pro-environment councillor, Cr Katie Milne. Once mayor, he rarely seconded her motions. Recently he said, ‘I’m proud of what I have achieved so far and I value the Tweed greatly’. Well why isn’t he consistently making or at least seconding motions that prove that?

In June, Cr Milne made a number of motions concerning environmental protection on a number of issues yet not one councillor (including mayor Longland) seconded them. Apparently, protecting the Chinderah Fig Tree (more than 100 years old) is not important to them. Neither is finding out the cost of all dam options, including water conservation alternatives.

Nor hiring a water conservation expert for major developments. Writing to the NSW government expressing the shire’s concern over shooting in Nightcap National Park due to concerns with public safety, tourism and threatened species wasn’t worth seconding either.

Hiring an expert to look at the impact of increasing population levels in the shire was not of value either, along with meeting with Lock the Gate Alliance and Northern Rivers Guardians about concerns for coal-seam gas in the Tweed.

Cr Longland didn’t want the state government dictating what our rates should be, meaning council wanted free reign on increasing rates any old time. Why didn’t he second the above motions if protecting the Tweed shire’s uniqueness was a major priority, as he told media recently?

Crs Polglase and Youngblutt were the only two opposing shirewide street tree planting in CBD areas, especially South Tweed Heads.

As we go to poll in a few weeks, I hope everyone remembers those councillors who made promises but then didn’t act to protect our environment or listen to residents. Shirewide surveys consistently show that residents want environmental values protected. Let’s get it right at the next election.

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.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

MAYDAY – MAYDAY – One hundred years ago today

One hundred years ago this week, around noon on Saturday 14 May 1921, the 2,000 tonne steamship Wollongbar ran aground on Belongil beach.

Development of the Belongil Spit

Jo Faith, Newtown I was gobsmacked when I read that the ‘Greens’ mayor’s parting gift was to aid privatisation of land at the Belongil Spit. Indeed, it...

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

Locals question placing homes in areas of inundation risk

It is where the community fought off Club Med and it is once again in the spotlight as the current owners, Elements, are seeking to have the zoning of the environmentally sensitive area in Bayshore Drive changed from tourism to residential