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$6.8 million Tweed pound contract awarded

The Tweed Shire Council has awarded a $6.8 million contract for design and construction of a new state-of-the-art animal pound and rehoming centre.

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Sunshine brings football back to the Northern Rivers

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Yes, peace is the solution

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Ballina MP mostly welcomes state budget announcements

Greens Member for Ballina Tamara Smith has welcomed some of Labor’s funding announcements in last week’s state budget, including a new Fire and Rescue station for Byron Bay and more firies.

Rising Tide activists head to Justine Elliot’s office with kayaks

Today saw just over 40 people kayak from John Follent Park in Tweed Heads to Faux Park in South Tweed, before walking close to a one km with their kayaks to the Labor Member for Richmond's Office to demand an end to new fossil fuel projects.

No ‘key worker’ or ‘affordable housing’ for Ballina Council’s Wollongbar development

On the second last piece of Ballina Shire Council-owned residential land they have decided to develop the land with no affordable or public housing components. 

Have your say on Byron Bay’s foreshore 

Byron Council staff have proposed options and a ten-year vision for the much-used space, including the removal, or partial removal, of the carpark overlooking Main Beach. 

Tweed Shire Council appears to be pretty dysfunctional when it comes to its homelessness policy.

Council’s recent draft policy received a submission from a local company based in Murwillumbah, suggesting that council encourage more granny flats in residential back yards.

This is already permitted by the state government and would greatly alleviate the housing crisis in the near future.

Why isn’t council promoting this? There are more than 500 people waiting for 1-2 bedroom social/community houses and the wait is now 15-20 years. Local housing providers are getting 80+ clients a day each (i.e. 400 inquiries per week). The situation is critically urgent.

Cr Carolyn Byrne wants to distinguish between homelessness and the housing crisis. Well duh, if you can’t find anywhere to rent you are homeless! Many people are living in tents, vans, sheds not caused by mental illness, domestic violence or addiction.

Cr Barry Longland wants Tweed to open its gates and welcome refugees. Now that’s a great solution to our housing crisis! Where are all those people going to live and who pays for their benefits?

If we can’t take care of our own local problems why would we want to take on another country’s problems? Don’t mean to sound heartless, but this is a call for a big dose of realism for refugee advocates.

Menkit Prince, Uki

 


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