18.7 C
Byron Shire
March 4, 2021

NBN noise a nightmare for neighbours

Latest News

Missing teen – Tweed Heads

Police are appealing for public assistance to locate a boy reported missing from Tweed Heads.

Other News

Random Mullumbimby breath test leads police to cannabis and ketamine

Police say that a random breath test in Mullumbimby has led to the seizure of cannabis and ketamine.

Resilience through biodiversity and awareness

The Byron Shire Resilience and Regeneration Roadshow will be in Brunswick Heads this Saturday, as part of a series of events across the region tackling the question: ‘How do we create more resilient communities in 2021?’

Lifting the lid on plans to build a retirement village in Ewingsdale

The letter sent to the residents of Ewingsdale last year by holiday park owner Ingenia seemed fairly innocuous at first glance...

Green Spine parking

Ian Kingston, Mullumbimby I am concerned at the apparent loss of parking spaces proposed in the centre of Mullum under...

Motion to save Lennox pavilion fails

Ballina Cr Eoin Johnston's attempt to save the seventy year old weather shed at Lennox Head went down at council's meeting yesterday, attracting only one other councillor's support.

Transparency needed

Janelle Saffin MP, State Member for Lismore. I read with interest Mia Armitage’s front page article in last week’s Echo...

Paul Bibby

As if the roll-out of the National Broadband Network hasn’t caused enough headaches in recent years, this week a number of Mullumbimby residents have had the added joy of noisy cable-laying work happening outside their homes until 3 o’clock in the morning.

Those living in and around 112 Dalley Street have been brought to their wits end by six to eight hours of cut-off saws, jack-hammers and vacuum trucks as workers dug up the footpath happening on consecutive nights over the past two weeks.

Resident Adam Rapley said he and his wife had barely slept while the work was taking place and questioned why it couldn’t have been done during the day.

‘My poor wife who’s a preschool teacher has been going off to work completely buggered – it’s horrendous,’ Mr Rapley said.

‘I work in construction and I know for a fact that I can’t use my bobcat during the middle of the night so I don’t see why they’re allowed to make this kind of noise until 3am. It’s a clear breach of construction industry regulations.

‘This job doesn’t need to be done at night. Everyone around here feels the same way. At the very least we should have been notified.’

However, a spokesperson for NBNco said the company had been advised by Byron Shire Council that the work needed to be undertaken at night.

‘Where we can’t do work during the day because of traffic and pedestrian access we are often advised by the local council to do it at night, and that was the case in this instance,’ the spokesperson said.

‘The residents were notified by letterbox drop that the work was taking place.’

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. I work in Dalley St and we were notified with a letterbox drop and as we were open the day they were delivering the notice they also came and told us in person.

  2. I live in Mullumbimbi Street and nobody was notified. We had it for 3 nights until 3:00 in the morning. They earn more money on nightshift! Go figure!

  3. I live in dally street and we had been notified it would be from the 13/8/18 till 27/8/18 and the night this photo was taken i beleive it was the 28/8/18.

  4. its happening again , i have exams at the moment and im freaking out as i havent been to bed earlier than 4am the last 2 days. King st Newtown is a war zone


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Forum to address housing emergency, March 8

A grassroots movement is bringing women, community and art together on International Women’s Day (March 8) in an urgent push to solve the local housing emergency. 

Bangalow blackspot puts school children at risk

Will action ever be taken to protect school kids getting on and off the bus on Lismore Road, Bangalow as trucks fly by at 80km/h?

Lifting the lid on plans to build a retirement village in Ewingsdale

The letter sent to the residents of Ewingsdale last year by holiday park owner Ingenia seemed fairly innocuous at first glance...

Byron’s new road: the good and not so

After more than 30 years of talk, debate, disagreements, tears and political gridlock, Byron Bay has a new road to divert traffic from the CBD to the southern end of town.