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Food, drink and craft brewery ’in principle’ approval for Tweed South Industrial Estate

Industrial estate zoning was under question at Tweed Council's planning meeting on 4 August as councillors endorsed the development application (DA) for an ‘artisan food and drink industry including craft brewery, retail area and restaurant at Industry Drive Tweed Heads South. 

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Criminalising protest

In another Sstate government descent into criminalising protest, to protect their own government’s sabotage of a liveable planet, last...

Bruns playground?

I have been fortunate to travel from Cape York Qld to Cockle Creek Tassie and as a grandparent always...

Byron’s Mayor Lyon defends Mullum pod fiasco

Byron Shire Council Mayor Michael Lyon has defended Council’s handling of the ongoing Mullum pod accommodation debacle, telling The Echo that councillors requested, through a Council resolution, that Resilience NSW conduct consultation with neighbouring residents regarding the rail corridor works on Prince Street. 

NSW bans public display of Nazi symbol

In an historic moment a new law making it a criminal offence to knowingly display a Nazi symbol in public without a reasonable excuse, has passed NSW Parliament yesterday.

Lismore Council votes against supporting Assange

At Tuesday's Council meeting Councillor Guise proposed a motion that Council writes to the Federal Government, Prime Minister and relevant Ministers denouncing the extradition of Julian Assange from the UK and urging the Prime Minister to make a public statement denouncing the extradition.

Ecocide in Mullum

Saddened by the huge trauma that homeless flood victims are undergoing, those feelings were further compounded by reading Hans...

Ken Slater, Gatton, Qld

I recently visited Byron Bay and collected a copy of both the Byron Shire News and the Byron Echo and I read with dismay about the possible demise of the Murwillumbah-Casino rail line. I was disgusted that Ritz rail was booted off the track by the New South Wales government. I cannot understand the narrow mindedness of state governments with regard to regional rail.

The Gold Coast Airport is becoming a regional hub for both the Tweed/Byron and Gold Coast regions and it makes strategic sense that a railway line would service these regions.

I understand that the Queensland rail line is progressing further south with a possibility of reaching the Gold Coast airport and it would make sense to extend the NSW line north to the airport. Also I have seen plans for a standard gauge line to be laid alongside the QR narrow gauge (possibly to meet the NSW line from Murwillumbah). It is about time that all national rail lines be standardized (4′ 8 1/2″-1435mm).

Four years ago I visited London and travelled from Paddington to Heathrow Airport (station built under the terminals) on the Heathrow Express.

Those international visitors entering through Coolangatta Airport could visit the Tweed/ Byron region on a fast comfortable train.

Having a train service benefits the community at large as well as the tourists.


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