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May 13, 2021

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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

Other News

Water and the dam

Dr Roslyn Irwin, Caniaba An organisation called ‘Our Future NR’ is distributing and promoting information intended to put the Dunoon...

Editorial: The vulnerable at risk

Most of us would hope that the taxes we pay go towards key areas such as health, education and to supporting the most vulnerable in our community.

War The Bloody Hell Are You?

When faced with potential conflict, why are we abandoning the strategy that’s worked in the past for one that will definitely fail?

‘Endless land releases’ not the solution for Byron’s housing crisis, says Labor mayor hopeful

Northern Rivers-based trade unionist and MBA student Asren Pugh has announced his candidature for Byron Shire Mayor in September’s local government elections on behalf of Country Labor. 

How full is that glass?

Cr Alan Hunter, Byron Shire Council Council Staff recommend opposing the proposed changes in the Exempt Development provisions to be considered...

Save Broken Head

Jan Barham, Broken Head Broken Head is precious but fragile. Again, it’s under threat and it’s urgent to act now....

Jim Beatson, Byron Bay

I am calling on you as the general manager (GM) of Byron Shire Council (BSC) to review the workload and competency of planning and infrastructure staff. Apparently, staff reports fail to understand and act on the priorities set by Byron Shire councillors or community.

Since July: 1. BSC failed to have its two Council representatives attend the Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP) meeting to determine the Development Application (DA) for alleged private medical rooms on the intersection of Ewingsdale Road and McGettigans Lane. This was later approved by the JRPP.

2. The DA proposal on the corner Jonson and Browning Sts: planning staff’s report to the JRPP on this four-storey development recommended ‘approval’. During the meeting the JRPP members discussed the inadequate quality of the work undertaken by Council’s planning staff and lack of community consultation. The JRPP then refused the DA.

3.  Two West Byron DAs: Council staff accepted late applications from developers, leading to the matter’s being deferred.

4. Rezoning West Byron: staff’s proposed rezoning of West Byron fails. There is permission for over 1,000 dwellings and traffic and water issues remain unresolved. It ignores the proposed 20m setback from Ewingsdale Road. Deletes many current E-zones. The area reserved for koalas is reduced for more housing and fails to maximise retention of existing core koala habitat. It fails to meet the need to buffer the western Wallum sedge frog. Fails to protect coastal wetlands. Fails to limit development in flood-prone areas and SEPP wetland buffers.

Why do I pay rates only to have professional staff appear to act against the direction of Councillors the responses of community?


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