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March 5, 2021

Is it better to build first and ask forgiveness later?

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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.

My dear friend, Philip Rubinstein 1934–2021

I first met Phil on a rain-soaked day outside my house in Brunswick Terrace, Mullum. It was an accidental encounter, but we soon got stuck into a conversation about the parlous state of Australian universities.

No more MOs for Tweed Shire

In a move that may have surprised some council watchers, it was the conservative councillors who voted in favour of keeping multiple occupancies (MO) in Tweed Shire.

Police looking for missing Pottsville woman

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

Blue-green algae amber alert still active at Uki

Last Thursday Tweed Shire Council issued an amber alert for blue-green algae in the Tweed River at Uki, with Clarrie Hall Dam remaining on a green alert. This morning they say the alerts are still active.

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?

Are there enough houses in the area? Should we be allowed to put another dwelling on our property if there is enough space? Should we build first and ask later?

Councils tell us that they have rules about who can build what and where, but, ‘each development application (DA) submitted to Council is considered by staff on individual merits and circumstances and legislative requirements’.

Does this mean the rules are bendy?

Take Byron Shire Council’s DA 10.2018.372.1 Use of  Dwelling House to Create Dual Occupancy (detached) in Huonbrook.

The staff summary of the DA basically says that the dwelling is illegal but because it’s been there for 20-odd years, and compliance would require either demolition of the existing building, and construction of a new dwelling, or the relocation of the existing building, the significant cost to the landowner means it’s more efficient to utilise the existing building. Great – if you can get away with it!


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