22.8 C
Byron Shire
September 20, 2021

What would Bruns Harbour be without Migaloo 2?

Latest News

A new COVID-19 case flies into the Far North Coast

The Northern NSW Local Health District has confirmed that there is a new case of COVID-19 in Northern NSW today, and they will be included in NSW Health’s official reporting tomorrow.

Other News

Lockdown cells

Michael Lyon, I understand you took the initiative to collaborate with neighbouring mayors in the Northern Rivers to address...

COVID venues of concern at Evans Head and Lismore

Three new venues of concern have been added to the list of COVID-19 venues of concern following a student...

Farewell Sue – a much-loved Mullumbimbian

You could say that Sue Mallam was destined to run a business in Mullumbimby.

COVID-19 updated venues of concern in Lismore and Goonellabah

Northern NSW Local Health District has been notified of a number of venues of concern in Lismore and Goonellabah, associated with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the region.

COVID update – sewage detection in East and South Lismore and Byron Bay

Northern NSW Local Health District is urging people in the Lismore City and Byron Bay areas to get tested for COVID-19, after fragments of the virus were detected in samples from the East Lismore, South Lismore and Byron Bay sewage treatment plants.

Creatives feature in Lismore plan

Creative industries, climate resilience, building more homes and supporting a flourishing food sector are all aspirations within a 15-year vision for Lismore.

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.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Found – Have you seen Steve? Missing person

Mullumbimby man Steve Mustchin went missing at 11am this morning from Byron Bay Hospital and his family are asking locals to keep an eye out for him.

Images released of men who robbed the Byron Bowlo

Detectives investigating the armed robbery of a licensed premises in Byron Bay earlier this year, have released CCTV images and are appealing for public information that may assist their inquiries.

New Nesbitt Park mountain bike skills course in Lismore

Though Lismore is currently in lockdown, the city has inaugurated a new sporting activity in Nesbitt Park that will make residents want to enjoy outdoors as soon as possible.

New cases of COVID-19 below 1,000 for the first time in 25 days

In what is now a general press conference, the Premier spoke to media at 11am this morning about the pandemic and other business.