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March 9, 2021

Planning’s cheap

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Seapeace: the late Tony Maxwell’s wetland legacy

Many curious minds have pondered the purpose of the rice paddy-like waterbodies that scallop the contour lines out into the Ewingsdale coastal plain that can be viewed from St Helena Road.

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Bangalow blackspot puts school children at risk

Will action ever be taken to protect school kids getting on and off the bus on Lismore Road, Bangalow as trucks fly by at 80km/h?

Naming Ben Franklin

Cecily McGee, Mullumbimby It's very misleading for the Byron Shire Echo to repeatedly give Ben Franklin free media coverage,  as in...

Koala groups lobby Tweed MP Geoff Provest for action

Local koala groups have been taking action to protect NSW koalas by meeting with Tweed State Member of Parliament, Geoff Provest seeking his support for action on koala protections and asking him not to support the koala killing legislation his government are putting forward.

Nimbin medicinal cannabis event, March 27

Two experienced medical cannabis doctors and a retired magistrate who is passionate about changing the drug driving rules will take part in the MEDICAN gathering in Nimbin.

Lismore future councillor information sessions

With the delayed Local Government elections being held in September, several councils, including Lismore City Council, are holding information sessions for community members who are thinking about running for Council.

Interview with Claire Atkins from SHIT

I saw SHIT last year and I was blown away. Incredible script. Incredible acting.

Greg Davies, Byron Bay

I write in support of Paul Jones (Echo, 19 December, 2018) and the host of others who have tried during the past 30 years to find agreement for a Byron Bay road bypass: as a standalone issue and as integral to the town Masterplan.

The secrecy of the terms for the privatisation of the rail corridor (Bangalow Road to Lawson Street) agreed between Council and Transport NSW smells like three-day-old prawn waste.

After more than a decade of a strictly out-of-bounds policy applied by the railway owner (trains ceased in 2004) the public have apparently been blinded to the most significant change in planning in Byron Bay this century: opening the rail corridor for development.

That development significantly expands the previously constrained possibilities for both the Butler Street bypass route and consequently amended Masterplan that were approved by Council in 2016. The public will have been ‘sold the dummy’ if only the plan for the proposed bus interchange is offered for feedback.

Clearly, a proper process of consultation is now needed to revisit and improve upon those previously approved plans.

Planning is cheap compared with the cost of the planned infrastructure.


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Ballina cleans up!

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Lismore future councillor information sessions

With the delayed Local Government elections being held in September, several councils, including Lismore City Council, are holding information sessions for community members who are thinking about running for Council.