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March 2, 2021

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Lennox Rise development clears another hurdle

The massive new residential development planned west of Epiq in Lennox Head continued its progress towards becoming reality at the last Ballina Shire Council meeting.

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Transparency needed

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

Belongil beach hut

L S Lambert, Byron Bay The illegal building on Belongil Beach (Letters, 12 February) is a permanent structure with no...

Sing Lisa Sing

Jo Faith, Newtown How very distressing is the recent story of beautiful singer Lisa Hunt. She followed protocol, paid the...

‘The Great Reset’

Gary Opit, Wooyung I appreciated the letter by Lucas Wright (17 February) on the Great Reset conspiracy fantasy. With our...

Police confirm Main Arm drug operation

NSW Police have finally confirmed what pretty much every one in Main Arm already knows – they are conducting drug operations in the north of the Shire.

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.

Alma McAllister, Kingscliff

The community welcomes the opportunity to meet with Minister Hazzard (Echo October 15). However, we weren’t waiting for the minister for Health to talk to opponents of relocating the hospital onto agricultural lands so we could ‘fully understand the government’s position’ – we get it already!

Government listening is what’s needed – it’s overdue. 

We’re upset that you authorised calling tenders to start work on a new hospital sited on prime agricultural land despite it being legally prohibited. Despite not yet owning the land, never having lodged a development application, never having exhibited an Environmental Impact Statement and never bothering to consult with the Tweed community. 

This decision disregards this government’s 2017 Regional Plan endorsed by your Health minister. Your government promised to restore transparency, accountability and proper planning processes to NSW.

To participate in the retrospective consultation people have to self-nominate and pass your eligibility test. You have chosen to refuse permission for the Tweed mayor – the chief elected community representative – from attending the meeting. 

The only thing that is clear is your government needs to rethink its definition of consultation.

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  1. Astounding that Tweed Shire Mayor Katie Milne, who is also a member of the important body – The Northern Joint Regional Planning Panel , is not welcome to attend the meeting. Just adds to the big ‘question marks’ hanging over the whole process.


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