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October 19, 2021

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Hundreds queue to have COVID test and two new cases in the NNSWLHD

Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWLHD) is urging people to continue coming forward for testing and vaccination after two further COVID-19 cases were reported in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, October 14. 

More artists announced for Bluesfest

Bluesfest is excited to announce that, as NSW opens, they are adding more great artists to their lineup. 

Privately owned, but still ‘sacred site’ – Nimbin church burns to the ground

Last night at around 9pm, St Patrick's Catholic Church in Nimbin burned to the ground.

Let’s get real

AFL Aussie Rules Grand Final in Western Australia... Rugby League Grand Final in Queensland... Melbourne Cup in Tasmania?    Margaret Keating,...

Thanks Frank Mills

We had lost our highway protest, but during those colourful marches we had the beginnings of a stronger sense...


The truth doesn’t mind being questioned. A lie does. Margot Hays, Bangalow

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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