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March 9, 2021

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Seapeace: the late Tony Maxwell’s wetland legacy

Many curious minds have pondered the purpose of the rice paddy-like waterbodies that scallop the contour lines out into the Ewingsdale coastal plain that can be viewed from St Helena Road.

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Thanks David Gile – but on Musk

Robin Harrison, Binna Burra I want to thank David Gilet for his appreciation of the thoughts I’ve shared here. It’s very...

What’s happening with South Ballina Beach?

The debate about the future of the beaches south of Ballina is heating up again as councils and concerned citizens grapple with the ongoing issue of 4WD-related damage.

Cartoon of the week – 3 March, 2021

We love to receive letters, but not every letter will be published; the publication of letters is at the discretion of the online and print letters editors.

New Greens team

Matthew O’Reilly President of CABS and a proud member of the NEW Byron Greens team It seems that some readers have...

Suffolk Park pump track for Cavanbah

Kathy Gleeson, Suffolk Park When I first heard of, and supported, the pump track at the Linda Vidler Park in Suffolk...

Democracy

Jo Faith, Newtown Thank you all at The Echo for upholding independent journalism. For readers and activists concerned about the demise...

Attending the Byron United forum re Byron’s future was fascinating. We learned that West Byron housing estate must be approved to fund the bypass. Also that we must have a bypass to be able to do West Byron.

And that all the capacity of the bypass will be absorbed, mostly by the thousands of new residents in West Byron.  But we have to allow it, because hey, we can’t even fix the new roundabout that needs fixing, apparently. In other words, ‘Shut up and get West Byroned.’

Voices from the floor asked if we, the public, could have a direct democratic say in local government. The mayor deflected this, promising a webcast of what happens now; in other words, ‘No.’

Tom Mooney reminded the mayor that the people don’t want urban sprawl; they have always wanted a shire of villages instead. The mayor said, oh, those too. In other words, ‘Who cares what the people want?’

The mayor spoke about ‘our town where we love to live’. He lives in Federal.

A woman showed me a clipping from last summer, when residents’ two big concerns were illegal holiday lets and the booze           tourists. We recalled the mayor made up slogans, deflected people into little groups, and did…? Nothing.

In other words, Byron Shire, you’ve been conned. By a kiddies’ pantomime  player. I wonder how long until Hans Lovejoy works that out.

Matt Hartley, Byron Bay

 


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