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February 27, 2021

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Tweed Council rejects Casuarina disability viewing platform

Issues of queue jumping, the allocation of Tweed Shire Council’s resources in both time and money, and responding to...

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Pottsville’s controversial Men’s Shed extension to be advertised

The controversial Men’s Shed at Black Rocks Sports Fields in Pottsville is seeking to expand its footprint 12m to the west.

Super swim challenge accepted

A group of mates from Brunswick Heads, Byron Bay and Lennox Head, recently formed a swim team known as the Anti Budgie Boardriders for the purpose of taking part in the Starlight Foundations Super Swim Challenge.  

‘ATO’ scam wants every last dollar in your account

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is warning about a spike in automated scam calls impersonating the ATO and asking people to transfer all their money to another account.

Ready for Byron’s latest massive development on Jonson St?

The changing face of Byron as Gold Coast and Sydney developers move in to recreate the look and feel of the town with intense development proposals.

Constitutional referendum/poll for LG elections for Byron Shire?

Is the wards fight back again? Byron Shire Council staff have advised, in the upcoming agenda, that ‘Council may conduct a Constitutional referendum or poll in conjunction with the Local Government Election, to be held in September 2021’.

A name by any other

Rod Murray, Ocean Shores An extract from Turning the Tide, the latest Australian Marine Conservation supporter newsletter: ‘Last year the Adani...

Jeremy Tager, Uki

Councillor Byrnes claims that Council’s role in Jack Hallam’s developemnt application for water extraction  is ‘essentially the approval of truck movements on our local roads’.

This is totally incorrect. We provided legal advice to the council in 2017 that Council has a different and higher legal standard in relation to water extraction than the Office of Water. Council must be satisfied under section 7.15 of its Local Environment Plan (LEP) that there will be ‘no adverse impacts’ on natural systems or residents.

This advice has been confirmed by Council’s own lawyers. The Tweed Water Alliance has made this point in at least two access meetings that Councillor Byrnes has attended. Why doesn’t Councillor Byrnes know this?

He also claims that ‘shared political views do not constitute a conflict of interest’. That’s correct, but shared political affiliations do raise a potential conflict of interest according to ICAC and Byrnes and Hallam have a shared political affiliation. Why doesn’t Councillor Byrnes know this?

Perhaps he didn’t read any of the documents leading into his vote on Thursday. I hope he hadn’t already made up his mind to vote Yes for his ALP mate Jack Hallam.


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