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March 1, 2021

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Police looking for missing Pottsville woman

Police say they are seeking public assistance to locate a woman missing from Pottsville for almost a week.

Other News

Motion to save Lennox pavilion fails

Ballina Cr Eoin Johnston's attempt to save the seventy year old weather shed at Lennox Head went down at council's meeting yesterday, attracting only one other councillor's support.

Northern Rivers policeman accused of youth assault acquitted

Magistrate Michael Dakin has ordered a common assault charge against a former Byron-based policeman be dropped after an altercation involving a naked youth in Byron Bay three years ago.

Entertainment in the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning 24 February, 2021

Entertainment in the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning 24 February, 2021

CWA getting their facts right on the Far North Coast

Members of the Far North Coast Group of the Country Women’s Association of New South Wales (CWA) gathered in Lismore on Saturday for their Group Facts Day.

Resilience through biodiversity and awareness

The Byron Shire Resilience and Regeneration Roadshow will be in Brunswick Heads this Saturday, as part of a series of events across the region tackling the question: ‘How do we create more resilient communities in 2021?’

Editorial – Ewingsdale development creep rejected by residents

A petition of 294 signatures against rezoning Ewingsdale farmland to commercial use will be presented to councillors for their upcoming Thursday meeting.

Daniel Jones, Fernside

I like many others would love to see the trains back on the Casino to Murwillumbah line but we know that will not happen. So let’s look into making the track an O-Bahn Busway like they have in Adelaide.

An O-Bahn Busway track takes buses off the roads, thus less congestion, and they also speed up travel times as buses are not restricted by roadworks, crashes, and other factors that slow traffic down.

By making the old train track an O-Bahn Busway they can use longer buses (articulated buses) to carry more people and the maintenance cost of the bridges and other crossings that need replacing would be much lower as they can be rebuilt to a 40 tonne limit.

Interchanges at old stations allow buses to enter and exit the busway and to continue on suburban routes, avoiding the need for passenger transfers.

For those who do not know, the O-Bahn provides specially built track, combining elements of both bus and rail systems. So this system can still be used along side the current train that is in use in Byron Bay.

It could be a cheaper option linking into SE Qld allowing more public transport options for tourist and locals alike.

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