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The secret nature of the Iron Gates case

Despite a comprehensive refusal of the development application for residential development at the Iron Gates at Evans Head last year the DA is still ‘live’ in the NSW Land & Environment Court as the developer pushes back.

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Traffic interruptions around Lismore Base Hospital – Sunday

Some streets will be blocked off and others reduced to one lane on Sunday 4 June around Lismore Base Hospital and Lismore Shopping Square.

Have you seen Jordyn?

Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate a woman and baby missing from Wilson's Creek, near Mullumbimby.

Confiscate bikes

Two weeks ago I had to wait in Mooball, by the rail trail crossing of the Pottsville Road. During...

Busking For Change in the Northern Rivers

If there is one thing that Northern Rivers communities loves, it's a good busker and after a successful pilot program in 2022, Busking For Change is launching nationally – we're in!

It’s a lady tradie workshop!

Mullumbimby High School hosted a practical workshop for year 9 and 10 girls. The event was supported by Supporting and Linking Tradeswomen and the DoE Educational Pathways Program.


Congratulations to Chris Minns for bringing in the new regulations about so-called VIP rooms in clubs and pubs. It’s...

Nature in Byron Bay is about to tip one way or the other. Many long-term structural changes are being pushed all at once: West Byron development, Ewingsdale, Baywood Chase, the Suffolk quarry site. I listen to many alarmed residents, informed and engaged, desperately dealing with each issue separately. The nature of residents is also under great stress.

To my mind, all these proposals turn on one fundamental choice: how do we live with nature? We surely can overwhelm the unique way nature is in Byron Bay.

Instead, how about we stand up for the freedom of our own beleaguered wild animals and places? To safeguard wild places and wild ways, we need a proactive growth plan for wildlife and coastal habitats, from Ewingsdale to Suffolk, through the twin catchments of Byron Bay. This plan includes water-sensitive designs to handle stormwater and flooding, too.

Emergency actions! 1. Insist councillors act according to the green vote that was won at the last election. Rescind new subdivisions and write in co-habitation with wildlife. Ring the councillors! (www.byron.nsw.gov.au/councillors). 2. Ring Mike Baird: no state plans for local development, no to West Byron and the rest. (02) 8574 5000

Enough of this death by a thousand cuts. Let’s plan for a renaissance of wildlife, on land and in sea. Let’s redevelop ‘development’. Pass the message along: Rewild Byron Bay.

Mary Gardner, Byron Bay

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