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Top tips for feline friends this International Cat Day

Some silly humans think that it's money that makes the world go around – we all know it's cats!

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North Byron Hotel – A Haven

By Simon Haslam The evolution of the old Sunrise Bistro into the North Byron Hotel is a boon for all...

Deer, pigs, dogs, cats – feral animals causing serious damage

There is a surge in feral animals across NSW and the risk of feral deer becoming established on the North Coast and NSW farmers and local councils are calling for action. 

Speed cameras

When can we expect fixed speed cameras on the Butler Street Byron Bay drag strip? PJ Prideaux, Byron Bay

Second independent assessment of Iron Gates DA in Evans Head recommends refusal

Two independent reports on the Iron Gates development at Evans Heads have determined that it should not go ahead.

Be alert – koalas are on the move

Yes it's that time of year and Friends of the Koala are urging members of the public to contain dogs at night and keep a lookout for koalas on their properties and when driving, particularly during dusk to dawn.

A Green New Day – at the Byron Writers Festival

This year’s Byron Writers Festival will bring a fresh focus to the conversation on the environment with a wide range of sessions that will explore the real-world solutions we have available to us to address the climate crisis.

Jeff Harrison, Sunrise Beach

At the ‘Strange Bedfellows’ public forum, and the two subsequent Community Centre forums, it was apparent we don’t have an organisation that represents all Byron Bay residents, but there are organisations that represent various local interest groups including Byron business, Byron tourism, Byron liquor, and Byron holiday lets.

But the Suffolk Park Progress Association (SPPA) has a high profile in the local media when representing their specific interests. At the latest public forum our mayor Simon Richardson described how the SPPA provided him with a useful single point of reference when considering issues that affect their residents. The Ewingsdale Community website shows they are also effective in lobbying about issues in their immediate neighbourhood.

We have local concerns at Sunrise Beach as well. They range from: the possible impact of future festivals; being able to post a letter at the shopping centre; street campers’ trash; to the consequences of a drive through bottle shop. Perhaps Sunrise Beach residents could also benefit by organising as a registered association. We might then have a more tangible influence over our local issues and create a Sunrise Beach community vibe like they have in Suffolk Park and Ewingsdale.

If any Sunrise Beach residents are interested in forming a representative group, please send an email to [email protected] Initially this is just to see if the numbers are there – no specific issues yet, just say if you’d be interested in getting something going. A Reply All will go out in a week or so with the results and the ‘next step’.

Although many of us live in ‘wards’ of Byron Bay, some town centre issues impact on how we all enjoy our unique town centre. Maybe if the ‘ward’ associations identified and collaborated on those common town centre matters there could be a single point of reference that represents a collective of Byron Bay residents.


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Appeal to locate woman missing from Ballina

NSW Police have sent out a media alert – they are appealing for public assistance to locate a woman missing from Ballina and have issued a SMS get-target alert.

Base nurse finalist in NSW Health Excellence awards

A Lismore Base Hospital staff member has been recognised for excellence in nursing and midwifery. Emily Green is among 30 finalists nominated for the 10th annual NSW Health Excellence in Nursing and Midwifery Awards.

Be alert – koalas are on the move

Yes it's that time of year and Friends of the Koala are urging members of the public to contain dogs at night and keep a lookout for koalas on their properties and when driving, particularly during dusk to dawn.

OS Community Garden launches food stall

Members of the Shara Community Gardens gathered on July 31 to launch their new food exchange stall on Shara Boulevard in Ocean Shores/South Golden...