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November 28, 2021

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COVID update: a new Byron case, Aquarius and Community Support Accommodation

The Northern NSW Local Health District says there was one new case of COVID-19 was reported for NNSWLHD to 8pm, November 25. This case is located in the Byron Local Government Area, a traveller from outside the region and e is not associated with the Aquarius Backpackers.

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Bangalow venues in need of financial help

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The inner game of truthmanship

A few weeks back 3AW’s Neil Mitchell asked our Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, whether he’d ever told a lie in his public life, who incredibly (and seemingly incredulously) answered ‘I don’t believe I have, no’. 

Tweed Council Greens ticket is seeking to build on the current strengths

Dr Nola Firth has taken the helm of The Greens ticket for the Tweed Shire Council elections on 4...

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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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