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May 14, 2021

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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.

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Tweed residents facing rate rise in 2021/2022 financial year

Tweed residents are invited to provide feedback on their council's budget, revenue policy and fees and charges, as Tweed Council prepares to finalise its delivery program and operational plan for the next financial year.

It’s D-Day for Byron’s Marvell Street DA

Will a controversial hotel development in central Byron that exceeds both height and floor space limits be given conditional approval at this week’s Byron Council meeting?

Secret footage from Manus detention centre to be screened in Lismore

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Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning May 12

Check out what's on going the Byron Shire and surrounding area this week

Exotic and hybrid

Dailan Pugh, Byron Bay I was shocked to see the abundant exotic and hybrid plantings at Byron’s new bus interchange. As...

Any questions?

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Sol Ibrahim, Byron Bay

I am writing to correct an error in your article ‘Five new faces on Byron Council’. I am not a business manager, nor have I ever owned or operated a business.

I am employed as the chief executive officer of Northern Rivers Childcare Services Incorporated. This is a non-profit, independent, community-operated association that has been in existence for over 30 years. I have been the CEO for 14.5 years. We have personnel of around 250, operate two full administration offices in Lismore and Tweed, provide education and care services for 2,000 children through a dozen budgets totalling several million dollars.

I first became a qualified teacher, then completed a degree in social science majoring in industrial relations, and I am now completing a law degree at SCU.

I do not consider myself a conservative within the normal political spectrum. I am not a conservative voter in state or federal elections. I am a longtime member of Greenpeace, and served on the Australian Democrats policy committee in the 1990s.

My policies in this campaign clearly placed environmental protection very highly. Appreciating and supporting local business is not a conservative position, it is a mainstream responsibility of all councils. It is my intention to be a balanced and progressive councillor, sitting firmly in the centre.


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  1. Good. Now you can start by apologising to all those in the north of the shire opposed to the Yelgun festival site whom you referred to as “people who had forgotten that they were young once ” in a gross display of ignorance of the issue and the concerns of the people opposed.
    Your ignorance of other issues displayed on your facebook page and your reluctance to define your stance on several others has not been a good start. Nevertheless, you will learn on the job and your general position is not unreasonable so long as you do not allow yourself to simply become a voice for the Byron “United” lobby.


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