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March 3, 2021

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Forum to address housing emergency, March 8

A grassroots movement is bringing women, community and art together on International Women’s Day (March 8) in an urgent push to solve the local housing emergency. 

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Housing affordability on agenda at Ballina

With the housing crisis worsening in Ballina and across the Northern Rivers, councillors agreed that something had to be done about the problem at their meeting yesterday.

Tweed Council rejects Casuarina disability viewing platform

Issues of queue jumping, the allocation of Tweed Shire Council’s resources in both time and money, and responding to...

Storylines: Uluru Statement from the Heart

The 'Uluru Statement from the Heart' seeks constitutional reform to empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to have a say and be involved over matters that impact their lives.

Monkey see

Daniel Brown, Byron Bay Back in my early youth growing up in Mt Eliza Victoria in the ‘90s I’d secretly...

Final stage of Lismore Base Hospital gets underway

The redevelopment works commenced in late 2016 and the final stage is now getting underway to complete the Lismore Base Hospital refurbishment.

‘The Great Reset’

Gary Opit, Wooyung I appreciated the letter by Lucas Wright (17 February) on the Great Reset conspiracy fantasy. With our...

Cr Jeff Johnson, Lennox Head

The proposed rezoning of the last remaining farmland at Sharpes Beach has been a controversial issue for a number of years.

Last year, the NSW planning minister made the decision to strip Ballina Council of its planning powers and appointed a JRPP (Joint Regional Planning Panel) to determine the matter.

This is a slap in the face to our local community and council staff who have been working on this matter for a number of years.

The most likely result will be that local ratepayers will have to foot the bill for the additional infrastructure required as a result of the new housing estate (approx. 500 house sites). Where will this money come from?

Despite this, the NSW government continues to repeat the rhetoric that it is ‘returning planning powers’ to local government.

The state government has also failed to endorse the environmental zones in the new Ballina LEP which further complicates the matter.

Furthermore, the current rezoning proposal leaves open the prospect for houses to be developed on the eastern side of the coast road.

The land east of the coast road should be incorporated into the Ballina Coastal reserve so that it can be enjoyed by our community for generations to come.

The current rezoning proposal (renamed Skennars Head Coastal Village Planning Proposal) is not in the best interests of the environment or our local community.


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