19.7 C
Byron Shire
January 29, 2022

What would Bruns Harbour be without Migaloo 2?

Latest News

Dr Kerry Chant COVID-19 stats update for January 21 to 27 and local update

NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant gave her weekly COVID-19 stats update this morning during Premier Dominic Perrottet’s press conference.

Other News

A new Mungo needed

A new Mungo is needed to investigate, report and comment, because the major media sure as hell ain’t! When is...

Meet the new Byron Chamber president

Jason Bentley, founder and owner of Art & Wine Co Byron Bay & AURORA AR/VR, has taken the reins as president of the Byron Bay Chamber of Commerce.

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Listening to the truth tellers

Colonisation and invasion didn’t just happen 250 years ago at Botany Bay, it happens every day in a country that has been stolen from the traditional owners.

Kindness to animals recognised in Tweed Shire Australia Day awards

The care Amanda Philp has provided to numerous animals on land and from the sea has seen her recognised as Tweed Shire Citizen of the Year.

Sneaky Eats

Sandra Haslam There are times when the fullness of living life squeezes our ability to create our own nutritious and...

School return comes with COVID-19 measures

Today is the official first day of term one in most NSW schools and as students and parents prepare to start the school year, there are new guidelines in place to manage COVID-19 infections.

From left to right Adrian Guerrero, Jacqui Parry DPI, Chakira Ferdy Miranda, Dean Jefferys. Peruvians from the group Amaru Pumac Kuntur. Photo supplied

On Saturday Dean Jefferys, skipper of the marine conservation yacht Migaloo 2, met with Department of Primary Industry (DPI) representatives to discuss the Brunswick Harbour masterplan as part of an open day DPI organised to hear the concerns and ideas by local residents.

Also visiting the harbour all the way from Peru were members of the Amaru Pumac Kuntur group who where playing at Byron Spirit Fest over the weekend.

Mr Jefferys raised his concern that an upmarket, privatised marina could spell the end of local yachties and fishers being able to afford to moor in the harbour.

‘A major concern is that if they tender out the process to build the floating pontoons to a private company who then can put whatever price they want on a mooring, then it is likely the morning fees will more than double,’ Mr Jefferys said.

‘This could make mooring a boat in Brunswick unviable to many local boat owners and may have the effect of filling up the harbour with Gold Coast “stink boats”.’

He said most local boaties agreed that if floating pontoons were absolutely necessary ‘a better option would be that the DPI do the construction work then lease the moorings and management of the surrounding area to the council’.

‘This would not entail any expense by council and would keep the harbour and its management in local and state government control rather than a company only concerned about profit.’

Mr Jefferys added that he would like to see an exemption to the current policy that prevents owners from living on boats.

‘When this policy is well thought out and various environmental and social considerations put in place this would offer an opportunity for people to live on their boats without being threatened, hence creating affordable housing for the boat owners rather than having to join the huge renters queue looking for a house while their house on the water sits there empty for 11 months of the year.

‘I have spoken with the mayor who ways he likes the idea and is currently looking into this prospect,’ Mr Jefferys said.

I would recommend putting in a quick submission recommending to DPI that Byron council be given the lease to the mooring areas not a private company.

Submissions close on May 1. You can have your say here.

 


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.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Richmond Valley Council Citizen awards

The contribution made to the Richmond Valley community by its citizens was recognised on 26 January through a range of awards and most particularly through the award of Citizen of the Year and Young Citizen of the Year. 

How depression makes people vulnerable to misinformation

A US study has found that people suffering from depression are much more likely to believe misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines.

Countbacks or by-elections for Ballina?

Cr Rod Bruem's first appearance in the Ballina Council chamber saw an attack on ALP candidates who narrowly failed to win seats in the recent local government election, with the councillor claiming it would be undemocratic for a countback to include 'rejected' Labor Party candidates if another councillor was unable to serve during the next 18 months.

Community building and disaster resilience

If you’ve ever wanted to be a volunteer, the Community Carers and Responders might be where you can lend a hand.