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May 19, 2022

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The floods are leaving people homeless and families split

There was a housing crisis on the Northern Rivers, then we had the floods of 2022 and the issue has left increasing numbers of people homeless and struggling to find alternative accommodation.

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Richmond candidates strut their stuff

With the federal election looming Saturday, candidates put themselves before the public at the Echo/BayFM ‘Meet the Candidates’ on Monday night in Byron. All candidates were present, except ‘ghost’ One Nation candidate, Tracey Bell-Henselin. 

Knitting Nannas say ‘Vote 1 our Planet!’

The Knitting Nannas Against Gas and Greed visited the Lismore pre-poll yesterday at Southern Cross University to spread a very important message.

The shock of Lismore

As two Bendigoians, visiting Northern NSW over the past ten days, we quite expected to see flood damage in...

Homelessness hub under immense pressure

A new homelessness hub in Byron Bay has been so inundated with requests for help, that the service already needs additional staff to meet the demand.

Local rum

  Lord Byron Distillery is located right in the Byron Arts & Industry Estate, making it super-easy to visit the...

Richmond candidates 2022: Informed Medical Options Party candidate Monica Shepherd

Monica Shepherd is an organic naturopath based in Ocean Shores. She is running as a candidate for the Informed Medical Options Party in the federal seat of Richmond.

Of course Ken Gainger is right, the status quo is not an option. Byron Shire Council needs more money to service the shire’s crumbling infrastructure but a small correction is needed.

Contrary to attempts by council to label them ‘customers’, ratepayers are council’s employers and council’s job is to work in their interests.

The easy way to raise more money is to hit the people whose only other alternative is to sell up and leave. To suggest there is no other way is untrue, downright lazy and certainly not in the interests of ratepayers.

There are a myriad ways those benefitting from the huge tourist trade, which uses and abuses our facilities, could fill the gap.

For instance, an adjustment of the resident/business rate difference to something similar to everywhere else would help.

Also, when we look at the massive fees our local mega-festivals charge their traders, there’s plenty of meat on that particular bone.

However Gainger is conveniently ignoring that, along with many other sensible suggestions, in favour of the easy way out.

Maybe someone should remind our employee, he should devote a little more time to his actual job of working in the interests of ratepayers.

Robin Harrison, Binna Burra

 


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Richmond candidates 2022: Informed Medical Options Party candidate Monica Shepherd

Monica Shepherd is an organic naturopath based in Ocean Shores. She is running as a candidate for the Informed Medical Options Party in the federal seat of Richmond.

Storylines – Stop the rot and take action

Having spent a long time reflecting on the last 13 weeks since the floods devastated our region, many important issues have come to my attention – loss of homes, possessions, safety, schools suspended from flooding, chaos, death, loss of animals, extreme anxiety and desperation, and so much more.

Review of community response called for as challenges recognised

Local community members stepped forward to help coordinate and respond to the disaster; from people getting into boats and kayaks recusing strangers in Lismore to coordinating local response hubs in the hinterland and local towns. But it wasn't all a bed of roses.

$17m in funds for work on crown lands in NSW

If you are involved in managing crown reserve land and facilities then now is the time to get that application in for a share of the $27 million that is available fro the 2022-3 funding round.