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October 20, 2021

Is it better to build first and ask forgiveness later?

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One million homes to provide affordable housing say The Greens

Local Greens candidate Mandy Nolan is looking to wrest the federal seat of Richmond from Labor to claim the balance of power in the next Federal government. To do it she needs a five per cent swing.

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XR plans two weeks of ‘Reclaim our Future’ protests

Extinction Rebellion Lismore is part of the Northern Rivers push to highlight the issue of climate change and a march and candlelit vigil last night was the start to a fortnight of ‘Reclaim Our Future’ protests.

STP inches closer

Paul Bibby’s article ‘Ocean Shores STP (OS STP) inches closer to closure’ (6 October) raises some questions with me...

Cultural heritage report goes public

A redacted copy of the 2013 Ainsworth Cultural Heritage Impact Assessment document has been made publicly available on the Rous County Council website, clarifying the extensive Widjabul-Wiabul connections with the land which would have been inundated by the Dunoon Dam.

Tackling mosquitoes together in Ballina

Following its successful launch late last year, Northern Rivers councils and the North Coast Public Health Unit are once again running Tackling Mosquitoes Together, a behaviour change program to reduce the disease risks and nuisance of mosquitoes in homes and local communities.

Speeding traffic

In Suffolk Park there are a number of problems including getting out of Clifford Street onto Broken Head Road...

Thanks David

Thank you David Heilpern for elucidating so eloquently a raft of issues that succinctly cover the current political climate…...

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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Locals gathering to object to burning forests, plastic, foils, and tyres for energy at Condong sugar mill

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