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May 13, 2021

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Locals question placing homes in areas of inundation risk

It is where the community fought off Club Med and it is once again in the spotlight as the current owners, Elements, are seeking to have the zoning of the environmentally sensitive area in Bayshore Drive changed from tourism to residential

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Man dead after boat capsizes near Yamba

Police say a man has died and a second has been taken to hospital after a boat capsized south of Yamba this morning.

How full is that glass?

Cr Alan Hunter, Byron Shire Council Council Staff recommend opposing the proposed changes in the Exempt Development provisions to be considered...

Editorial: The vulnerable at risk

Most of us would hope that the taxes we pay go towards key areas such as health, education and to supporting the most vulnerable in our community.

Echo turns 35 and You are invited!

This year The Echo turns 35, and to celebrate this momentous anniversary they are putting on The Echo Community Awards – and everyone is invited!

Remembering Bentley

Saturday 15 May is the seventh anniversary of Victory Day at the historic Bentley Blockade, just west of Lismore.

Developers push swamp boundaries – will council push back?

It has once again been left to residents to raise serious issues in relation to a development application (DA) that is pushing to overdevelop at 6 Keats Street, Byron Bay at the expense of the environment, in particular the Cumbebin Swamp.

Joe Eric Dawson, Brunswick Valley ALP

Despite the scandals and factional warfare, the Greens’ branding at a local level has remained untouched. So, what to expect for the next four years?

Tamara Smith MP argued during the campaign her efficacy in parliament is predicated on the seat’s being marginal, not her own ability to secure outcomes.

Marginality causes the other parties to pay attention, follow through with commitments, and inject funding into the electorate hoping to win over voters.

This much is certainly true as we just saw in the Nationals’ huge (and failed) pork-barrelling campaign.

Yet there is a problem. The seat isn’t marginal any more. Using Ms Smith’s own logic this would render her less effective than she already was, particularly when coupled with the ongoing factional warfare and yet another stagnant statewide vote as other parties rise.

Unfortunately, this leaves us in the position of either (a) Ms Smith is correct and we see our area ignored, or (b) Ms Smith is incorrect and has poor political judgment. Neither is appealing.


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Go straight to the source on the Future Water Project

Rous County Council has announced a series of information days to be held this month where the community can ‘drop in’ and find out more about the revised draft Future Water Project 2060.

Free mental health workshop for Byron businesses

Business owners in Byron Shire are invited to attend a free 'Healthy Mindset' workshop aimed at providing them with resources and tools to improve mental health and wellbeing, as well as the opportunity to connect with other business owners.

Trainspotters

Jillian Spring, Billinudgel In the article –  At a gathering of trainspotters, 21/4/21 by David Lisle, re Tweed Council Rail Trail, it is noted in...

Remembering Bentley

Saturday 15 May is the seventh anniversary of Victory Day at the historic Bentley Blockade, just west of Lismore.