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June 15, 2024

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Housing waiting lists jump over 100 per cent for Northern Rivers

Crisis response needed from NSW state government as listings for priority housing increase over 100 per cent in multiple Northern Rivers regions.

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Byron Writers Festival locals’ passes on sale June 13

Byron Writers Festival and First National Byron have  partnered again to offer Sunday Locals Passes.

Flood-prone land subdivision DA on exhibition

A proposal by developer Callum Sked to subdivide flood-prone land near the Mullumbimby Showground is now on public exhibition on Council’s website until June 25.

Mullum students off to parliament

During the April Easter school holidays, three Mullum High students represented the local electorates in the prestigious NSW Youth Parliament program camp.  

All the way with DJT?

With the presumptive Republican nominee for President of the United States now a convicted felon, what does it mean for Australia if Donald Trump returns to the White House, and what are the ramifications of our major military ally drifting into authoritarianism?

Concerns over potential impact of piggery DA 

Plans submitted to Council earlier this year for the historic old Skinners Shoot piggery at 103 Yagers Lane have raised concerns with residents.

Help save the Big Scrub rainforest with science

There is only one per cent of the Big Scrub rainforest in Northern New South Wales remaining. This has left what were once mighty rainforests now critically endangered and facing the threat of extinction because of a serious lack of genetic diversity.

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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Flood-prone land subdivision DA on exhibition

A proposal by developer Callum Sked to subdivide flood-prone land near the Mullumbimby Showground is now on public exhibition on Council’s website until June 25.