16.5 C
Byron Shire
April 15, 2021

Why did premier cancel meeting in Bangalow?

Latest News

SCU named as partner in two national drought hubs

Southern Cross University has been announced as playing a crucial partnership role in two new Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hubs.

Other News

The return of the prodigal son

Gallery DownTown, the annexe of Tweed Regional Gallery, is presenting a new exhibition by regional artists.

My own pandemic imaginations

Robert Podhajsky, Ocean Shores Imagination is a powerful mechanism; I must admit I get unsettled with my own pandemic imaginations...

Empanadas and community spirit in wake of cancelled Bluesfest

With a collective sigh of disbelief and disappointment we processed the news that Bluesfest was cancelled

A win for the roughy

The battle for the 'roughy had been a tough road for conservationists and hopefully this win will be the last fight.

Interview with Mitch King from Dream Bigger

Dream Bigger is presenting Lismore Youth Festival in partnership with numerous organisations in Lismore. Dream Bigger connects established artists with potential future artists to make their ideas a reality through engaging workshops and collaboration. The Echo spoke to Mitch King from Dream Bigger.

What’s the real cost of ‘affordable housing’? 

With ‘affordable housing’ being the new catchcry in parts of the Northern Rivers, The Echo did a ring-around to find the cheapest rental living space in Byron Bay’s caravan parks and camping grounds.

Some of the disappointed members of the public after the premier abandoned her meeting with them at the Bangalow Hotel. Photo Facebook

Bangalow labels itself as being ‘a little above Byron’ – it’s hardly a hotbed of radicalism, especially in the context of Byron Shire.

But on Friday (March 1), a group of locals who were keen to meet premier Gladys Berejiklian to discuss issues including drug testing at festivals and the medium-density housing code were left disappointed when she failed to show up to a pre-arranged meeting.

The meeting, ostensibly to announce some ‘big news for Bangalow’, was due to take place at the Bangalow Hotel, with Nationals Ballina candidate Ben Franklin in tow. But its cancellation was announced just two days beforehand on the Bangalow 2479 Facebook page.

Many locals took to the page to express their frustration.

Y’eni Flordelava queried, ‘Why has this been postponed? The festival community and pro drug testing crew are ready for a chat to this soon to be fired person.’

Simon Lovell said, ‘She’s about to find out how big the voting population between 18 & 35 is in a few weeks, enjoy the office it whilst it lasts.’

One wag suggested she was coming to announce ‘the pub has to close at 8pm’.

Another published this amusing photo.

Rosalie Birch said, ‘Her security team called the police when they spotted four middle aged women waiting to speak to Gladys up in Kingscliff a few weeks back. Four police officers arrived.’

Mr Franklin’s ALP rival Asren Pugh made political capital out of the no-show, issuing a media release on the subject.

‘The premier has shown her true colours by running from the community in Bangalow,’ he said.

‘Our community deserves real answers to the issues that we care about.

‘We deserve the opportunity to hear directly from the premier why she has declared a war on our festivals, why she is imposing massive overdevelopment on our community and why she is letting our koala habitat be destroyed.

‘I would say she should stay and face the music but this premier would just try to shut it down,’ Mr Pugh said.

So why was the event cancelled? We still don’t know. Echonetdaily emailed Ben Franklin on Monday (March 4) but has not received a reply.

Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.


  1. If they think she’s a “soon to be fired person.” why are they wasting their time. Seems like they just like shouting to me.

  2. The Premier is only interested in Two Things
    Herself and Sydney
    Also, How much she can waste on Sydney
    Country and smaller cities should wake up at Election time.
    Don’t support any party that preferences the Liberals or Nations


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

ALP puts war power reform on the agenda

The Australian Labor Party will hold a public inquiry into how Australia goes to war if elected to government next year.

Help from Red Cross for flood-affected communities in NSW

With disasters coming thick and fast as the climate emergency worsens, Australian Red Cross this morning launched financial help for flood-affected communities in NSW.

Rocky Creek Field Day coming in July

As part of the Rural Landholder Initiative, rural landholders in the Rocky Creek area are invited to an Off-stream Watering and Riparian Habitat Field Day.

Professor Graham Samuel says dementia care is personal

In a moving address to the National Press Club in Canberra yesterday, Dementia Australia Chair Professor Graham Samuel AC shared his personal experience of dementia – the anguish, bewilderment, frustration and torment experienced by his mother as she descended into the abyss of the disease.