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Free mental health workshop for Byron businesses

Business owners in Byron Shire are invited to attend a free 'Healthy Mindset' workshop aimed at providing them with resources and tools to improve mental health and wellbeing, as well as the opportunity to connect with other business owners.

MAYDAY – MAYDAY – One hundred years ago today

One hundred years ago this week, around noon on Saturday 14 May 1921, the 2,000 tonne steamship Wollongbar ran aground on Belongil beach.

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Cr Cate Coorey, Byron Shire Council Among the reasons Simon Richardson gave for his retirement from the mayoralty was the...

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David Gilet, Byron Bay You would have to say that the Byron district has more than its fair share of wankers,...

A hands up poll

Helena Norberg-Hodge and John Page, Byron Bay Hands up everyone who wants another high-end tourist resort in Byron: a place...

NewsCorp announces August revival of regional news print in QLD

Less than a week after the two major NewsCorp-owned outlets on the Northern Rivers lost their websites and redirected readers via The Daily Telegraph (TDT), sister publications in Queensland announced almost the opposite.

Leko De Almeida, Mullumbimby.

On Thursday 22 November I attended the ordinary meeting at Council Chamber regarding DA 296.1/2018 from the Mullumbimby Community Gardens (MCG) for building three new sheds and getting approval for an illegal shed recently built.

Surprisingly (not) the Councillor who runs the Community Gardens was absent from the meeting and the project’s designer couldn’t explain why the site was filled without consent.

Opposers questioned the need for a third Men’s Shed in Mullum of such grand scale. The definition is outside the MCG requirements. The proposed development hasn’t satisfied the provision on earthworks or flood planning under Byron LEP 2014 and is not in the public interest.

But most importantly: How can a Councillor who runs the MCG possibly ignore all the rules, breach the lease and build on community land without consent?

Council officers have assessed the application and recommended refusal. As an average mortal ratepayer if I build anything in my property without Council consent its guaranteed that a severe penalty will be applied.

Are Councillors and staff prepared to set this example to the community? That is, build whatever you like, then get approval later when it’s convenient. We’ll see.

 


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MAYDAY – MAYDAY – One hundred years ago today

One hundred years ago this week, around noon on Saturday 14 May 1921, the 2,000 tonne steamship Wollongbar ran aground on Belongil beach.

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Michael Lyon elected as Byron Mayor

Owing to the resignation of former Mayor at the end of April, a vote was held today to replace Simon Richardson, until the next election

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It is where the community fought off Club Med and it is once again in the spotlight as the current owners, Elements, are seeking to have the zoning of the environmentally sensitive area in Bayshore Drive changed from tourism to residential