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October 27, 2021

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Concerns raised over the impact of opening up to tourists

The North Coast has seen a significant rise in vaccination however, spokesperson for the Cross Border Task Force and Tweed Shire Mayor Chris Cherry has told The Echo that there are significant concerns over the impacts as people start arriving from Sydney.

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Chainsaw accident Ewingsdale

A 44-year-old arborist suffered a serious lower leg injury following a chainsaw accident at a Ewingsdale property yesterday.

Comment: Net sober by 2050!

With Scott Morrison about to jet off to Glasgow for the UN COP 26 Climate Change Conference, I’ve got some unexpected and exciting news of my own: I’ve decided to take advice around my health and wellbeing and give up drinking! 

Black bellied whale sighted at Ballina dubbed ‘Liquorice’

For years southern waters whale watchers have been keeping their eyes keen for Migaloo and his offspring, but just...

Mutual obligation or mandatory vax?

There is much being said about the pros and cons of the vaccination. Do we? Don’t we? Must we? Must...

Call to reject Evans Head Iron Gates DA over failure to recognise Indigenous heritage

Evans Head locals call for rejection of Iron Gates DA and recognition of the national significance of the site and its incorporation into the Broadwater National Park.

Tracking the hardening coast

Researchers are watching our shorelines get harder and simpler.

Councillor Hunter’s successful application for a ‘road transport terminal’ in a rural residential area is a significant victory for deregulation.

What’s good for the goose is good for the paté, so when I lodge my DA later this year to convert my MO to community title I will be sure to model my application on the one lodged by Cr Hunter, which was only four pages long. Other DA applicants will have experienced demands from Council for extra studies or documentation; indeed staff have been known to refuse to accept applications which they deem provide insufficient information. All that is now a thing of the past.

As a result of Cr Hunter’s precedent I will provide no plans for parking areas or for turnarounds; I will simply assert that ‘sufficient land is available for these’ – as Cr Hunter did.

Nor will I provide any documentation to prove there is no contamination; I will simply state that ‘the property has never been used for bananas’ and imply that therefore it couldn’t possibly be contaminated. That’s what Cr Hunter did.

If the scale of what I propose might alarm the neighbours I will understate the impacts in the documents to be put on public exhibition and only address the greater impacts at a later date.

In saying that Cr Hunter did any of those things I’m over-simplifying the situation. My critique is actually of a report prepared by an ‘independent consultant’. This consultant was employed and paid for by Council. It only looks like the consultant was hired by Cr Hunter.

The point is that regardless of who actually wrote it, the report was uncritically accepted by Council staff, who then based their own recommendation upon it. Apparently planning supremo Ray Darney believes that a consultant defined as ‘independent’ is also by definition beyond criticism. He also seems to believe that using an ‘independent’ consultant absolves Council and staff of any responsibility. I don’t think so, Ray.

Fast Buck$, Coorabell


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