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February 27, 2021

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Mt Warning ban

Chris Gee, Byron Bay Indigenous readers be advised that the following letter contains references to persons deceased. I read with some...

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Man rescued from Upper Wilsons Creek causeway

At about 10pm last Friday a man from Mullumbimby was driving his his car along Upper Wilsons Creek Road and was swept into the creek.

Northern Rivers policeman accused of youth assault to continue facing trial

A police officer accused of assaulting a 16-year-old in Byron Bay more than three years ago is to continue facing trial this week.

Sing Lisa Sing

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

Interview with James McMillan, founder of the Byron Surf Festival

With the Byron Bay Surf Festival just days away, founder James McMillan took a few minutes to talk to Seven about the awesome things planned for the coming weekend.

Lismore urges REX to reconsider service cancellation

The regional airline Regional Express (REX) announced yesterday that five services, including its Lismore service, would cease once government support through the RANS program is discontinued at the end of March.

Letting the love light SHINE in Lismore

A discovery focused light festival in August hopes to attract locals and visitors to Lismore.

John Croke, Byron Bay

Wakey wakey, Simon Richardson – Byron residents are tired of tough talk and inaction from the council on vanpackers and housing affordability.

When you opened up the Butler Street carpark to free all-day parking you issued an open invitation to these freeloading vanpackers who park their vans there all day. There are a few who on occasion sleep in their vans and cars in and around the carpark. The council does not enforce the no parking between 1 and 5am rule except during holiday periods and even that’s rare.

It’s about time Council put forward a levy on the rates of properties rented through Airbnb and other sites like Stayz. You should also consider looking at local Facebook rental groups. There are no doubt some owners who regularly post on Facebook who don’t declare rental incomes and others who obviously illegally sub-let to fund their holidays to Bali without the owner’s or agent’s knowledge.

It’s time to pull your finger out, Simon; actions speak louder than words.


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‘The Great Reset’

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

Letting go

Mary McMorrow, Mullumbimby I respect the parents forgiving the drunk driver who killed their four children (one a cousin) as their way of dealing with...

Ministers misbehave

Keith Duncan, Pimlico Accusations of appalling behaviour by the Liberal Party in covering up misdeeds within its ranks just keep on keeping on. The last...

Transparency needed

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