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March 24, 2023

Debacle for The Pocket and Main Arm

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Janelle’s four year road to the 2023 vote

Yesterday was the fourth anniversary of Janelle Saffin's win in the seat of Lismore and with not a minute to celebrate, Saffin spoke to The Echo about the 2023 campaign.

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Jeremy Buckingham back to legalise cannabis

Former NSW Greens MLC Jeremy Buckingham is back on the hustings as the lead upper house candidate for the Legalise Cannabis Party in the NSW state election.

Main Arm road works update

Further to last week’s Echo newspaper story Main Arm Road repairs grant unsuccessful, Council’s General Manager, Mark Arnold, told...

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Vape Culture

Tobacco companies are in your home and in your school. They are quite possibly in your kid’s school bag. They have their sights set on your children; your precious kids are their future. They need to groom your babies into addiction so that their shareholders can continue to suck in their grubby toxic profits. The lips of the tobacco industry are on the soft fleshy cheeks of your babies and they are sucking hard. They are vaping the life out of your kids.

 Uki Refugee Project and Mt St Pat’s join forces for refugees

The Mount Saint Patrick College in Murwillumbah held an assembly of 850 students, teaching staff and members of the Uki Refugee Project to officially open their new sports house called Romero House – in honour of Saint Romero.

Flood-affected still without assistance

Over a year has passed since the devastating February 2022 floods, but many residents of the Northern Rivers have not received the support to retrofit, raise or buyback their homes, as pledged to them by the federal and state governments.

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Seven-hundred-and-forty houses for Main Arm and the Pocket? You have to be kidding! One big ugly suburb!

Surely this is not why we came here.

Reclassification of 745 hectares of rural land as urban to allow thousands more houses in seven new town/suburb areas?

Allowing suburban style large lot rural development almost anywhere in the shire on any size lot with no minimum number of houses and planning controls?

Something is really wrong with the Byron Draft Rural Land Use Strategy.Maybe a change of name to ‘Urbanisation of Rural Areas Strategy’ would be more appropriate.

The Strategy says: ‘Future rural lifestyle living opportunities will preserve scenic amenity… The community expressed a strong desire to retain the ‘rura'” in the landscape…

But 320 houses, in a series of large subdivisions,within a 2km radius of Main Arm, will destroy scenic amenity and turn a previously beautiful landscape into one big ugly suburb.

People who live in rural areas enjoy the amenity of rural life—the privacy of not having close neighbours, beautiful rural views, larger lots and opportunities to grown their own food.

Yet we don’t have the convenience of being close to a town enjoyed by suburban dwellers.

I question why someone would want to live in a suburban subdivision 25 km or more round trip from a town.

Please don’t spoil our beautiful world.

Meriel Shaw, Main Arm


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