17.6 C
Byron Shire
April 22, 2024

Affordable housing or heritage precinct?

Latest News

Cockroach climate

The cockroaches in the Byron Council offices are experiencing bright daylight at night. They are trying to determine whether...

Other News

Grand opening in Casino on Saturday

Richmond Valley Council says the upgraded Casino Showground and Racecourse will be a major hub for events in regional NSW, with a focus on horse-related activities.

Metal is back at The Northern

Beast Machine are coming home from a successful spell in the United States and the thrash/metal two-piece with their massive sound layered with riff-driven guitars and thundering drums are coming to lift the roof off of the Backroom. Check out their new music video currently out for their latest single ‘Pretend’, which is featured in HEAVY magazine.

Keeping an eye on the landscapes of the Tweed

Tweed Shire Council says they have made a commitment to identify and protect the Tweed’s unique landscape, to this end a draft Scenic Landscape Protection Policy has been prepared to ensure the Shire’s spectacular scenery is front of mind when there is new development, change in land use, or when preparing related new policy.

Jungle Juice – squeezing the most out of life!

Four years ago, Guido and Natalia Annoni decided to swap the rat race for the jungle – heading north...

Wallum showdown unfolds in Brunswick Heads

Around eight people have been arrested so far, since almost fifty police arrived at the Wallum development in Brunswick Heads this morning to escort machinery and other work vehicles on to the site. Police include local officers, members of the NSW Public Order and Riot Squad, and Police Rescue.

Reef snapshot details widespread coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef

Latest CSIRO research shows that the fifth major bleaching event since 2016 is still unfolding, but bleaching was just one of the disturbances on the reef over summer.

Chris Cooney, Mullumbimby

I’m not one prone to the overuse of hyperbole but the decision made by the council at last week’s meeting concerning the Koho development in Stuart Street, Mullumbimby, was an outrageous and precedent-setting selling-out of the community of this town.

This decision to support the recommendation to delegate the consent to the general manager indicates that certain councillors have no feeling for the town and its residents. It also is a denial of all the work that has been done in the past by councillors, staff and residents to attempt to protect the heritage precinct of Mullumbimby.

I would have thought that this critical decision would have been deferred owing to the absence of Cr Cameron.The vote may have been different and truly reflected the aspirations of the residents.

Many thanks to new councillors Lyon, Coorey, Martin and Ndiaye for voting against the recommendation and the imposition of a block of flats in a low-density residential area built by a very aggressive development company which doesn’t know the meaning of the word ‘No’.

I have a feeling that this issue is not yet finished.


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

1 COMMENT

  1. It is my understanding that a casting vote should be used to support the majority vote if it is known.
    As councillor Cameron was absent and had opposed the development surely the casting vote should have gone against the approval?

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

A grim commemoration

US President Jo Biden, responding to a question, made the comment that the US is considering the dropping of the prosecution of Julian Assange. How...

Infrastructure for east end of Mullum

Mullumbimby was founded 135 years ago. In the 1960s sewerage was introduced, as was I suppose drainage infrastructure. Are we living in the 1920s...

Save Wallum now

The Save Wallum campaign has been ongoing and a strong presence of concerned conservationists are on site at Brunswick Heads. How the state planning...

Can Council’s overturn their decisions?

NSW Labor planning minister, Paul Scully, when asked about the Wallum estate by local MP Tamara Smith (Greens)  in parliament on March 20, said,...