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A win for the roughy

The battle for the 'roughy had been a tough road for conservationists and hopefully this win will be the last fight.

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Kingscliff RPA bringing it all back home

One of the Tweed Shire’s oldest residents’ associations is celebrating a long-awaited return to the Kingscliff Community Hall.

Shearwater almost perfect with 99kW solar

Shearwater, the Mullumbimby Steiner School, has made the switch to solar, installing a 99 kW system to power the school into the future.

Byron Council explores community land trust option for affordable housing

Could the creation of a Community Land Trust in the Byron Shire provide desperately needed, genuinely affordable housing for locals on low incomes?

Poor Pauline

Bob Vinnicombe, Sefton A lot of hypocrisy from Labor and The Greens about respect for women. Look at the treatment...

Council crews working hard to repair potholes

Tweed Shire Council road maintenance crews are out across the Tweed's road network repairing potholes and other damage caused by the recent prolonged rainfall and previous flood events.

Kyogle unveils writers fest program

Billed as 'a small-town festival with big ideas', Kyogle Writers Festival is shaping up to be a great celebration of writing. 

Jan Barham is shocked and saddened about Byron’s housing crisis. I too am saddened but not shocked. There is a ‘popular’ belief that what’s good for business (and in particular tourism) is good for Byron. Such wisdom is equivalent to ideas like: what’s good for General Motors is good for America; and what’s good for the mining industry is good for Australia (remember the MCA’s campaign against the super-profits tax).

A great example of this thinking can be seen in recent discussions about the rail trail. Proponents of this genuinely great initiative unfortunately justify the project on the basis that it will draw tourists into the area. They reckon 60-70,000 pa. But do we really want this extra influx? Well I am sure Byron United does.

Anyway, Jan if you’re going to engage in such apostasy as suggesting that there is a community with a right to be housed, then get ready to be told by Byron United that what is good for tourism is actually good for Byron. The tourism industry and their proxy, Byron United cannot afford for the shire’s limited stock of houses to be filled with the type of detritus that worries about affordability. They’re bad for business.

Dave Lisle, Mullumbimby


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