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Seapeace: the late Tony Maxwell’s wetland legacy

Many curious minds have pondered the purpose of the rice paddy-like waterbodies that scallop the contour lines out into the Ewingsdale coastal plain that can be viewed from St Helena Road.

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Mandy Nolan has stated in The Echo, ‘For 30 years I’ve fought to give a voice to the voiceless...

Seapeace: the late Tony Maxwell’s wetland legacy

Many curious minds have pondered the purpose of the rice paddy-like waterbodies that scallop the contour lines out into the Ewingsdale coastal plain that can be viewed from St Helena Road.

Missing teen – Tweed Heads

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

Children approached by stranger in Murwillumbah

Police say a Queensland man has been charged following two alleged child approaches in Murwillumbah today.

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?

FB censorship

Dean Jefferys, Mullumbimby I feel concerned about the level of censorship on FB, Instagram, YouTube, MSM, local online groups and elsewhere...

Doug Luke, Co-ordinator VOHL

Victims of Holiday Letting (VOHL) agree with Cr Lyon on the negative impact of holiday letting on Byron Shire and the failure of the NSW government to grant an exemption from the NSW Short Term Rental Accommodation (STRA) policy (EchoOctober 10).

The long-awaited DPE’s (Department of Planning and Environment) policy is on public exhibition for comment until November 16.

The 33 councils that make up the Greater Sydney Region will have the number of days available for STRA legislated to a maximum of 180 per year for a dwelling where the host is not present. Regional councils like Byron Shire will have to submit an expression of interest to reduce the number of available days to 180.

Latest data compiled by Inside Airbnb indicate the number of STRAs in Sydney LGAs ranges from 14 in Camden to 5,222 in the City of Sydney. In comparison, Byron Shire, with a smaller permanent population, has 2,912 STRAs representing 18 per cent of total dwellings.

Premier Gladys Berijiklian’s electorate in Willoughby has 243 STRAs, planning minister Anthony Roberts in Lane Cove has 157 and fair trading minister Mat Kean in Hornsby has 149. 

VOHL is amused at the ludicrous attempt to define STRA. The policy says that those staying in an STRA are not residents. This would imply a degree of permanency if they were. The policy also says that they are neither tourists nor visitors.

As a former high-profile NSW public servant (retired) said, ‘What do we call those who stay in STRA? Blow-ins?’


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