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Family Court scrapped

Despite overwhelming opposition from Australia’s family law specialists and advocates, the federal Liberal-Nationals government and cross benchers scrapped the Family Law Court and subsumed it into the circuit courts last week.

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Last minute water park unsuccessful as Jack Evans Boat Harbour PoM approved

A last minute attempt by Councillor Warren Polglase (conservative) to introduce a water park as part of the Jack Evans Boat Harbour Plan of Management (PoM)at last nights Tweed Shire Council saw yet another ‘workshop’ set up for councillors to discuss the implications.

Cut it down – Tweed Councillors at odds over future of forest red gum

‘We should be active and take the tree down,’ Cr Polglase told the Tweed Shire Council meeting last Thursday, referring to a significant forest red gum and koala food tree in Tweed Heads West.

Editorial – A personal take on politics and media

Since its inception in 1986 by a bunch of ratbag hippy locals, The Echo has championed the voice of the afflicted, not the comfortable. That should be the aim of every media organisation.

Archibald has knock-on effect in Murwillumbah

The Tweed Regional Gallery is hosting the Archibald Prize and local business people say the event is giving the town of Murwillumbah a significant economic boost.

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: There is no place like home… actually there are no places

Local low income residents in Byron Bay are the human koalas of our Shire. They too have lost much of their habitat. We need affordable housing now, not in three years, or five years, or ten. Now.

Byron police assault trial could attract human rights law analysis

Northern Rivers policeman accused of youth assault to continue facing trial.

Marissa Frappell, Byron Bay

Michael Lyon voted for the Butler Street bypass. He voted to destroy a community, people’s living conditions, and to destroy untouched protected wetlands.

He did this without looking properly at the alternative. The 2001 EIS was the only study completed on the bypass and its best location. It concluded that the rail corridor was the best outcome for the environment and the community.

It was done in 2001. Last week on Facebook Mr Lyon said he had never seen those plans. Is it too much to ask that our councillors are informed on topics before voting on them?

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  1. He wasn’t the only one.

    A letter to Tamara Smith from Mark Coure, Parliamentary Secretary for Transport and Infrastructure included the following:

    ‘ … if Byron Shire Council, the relevant road authority, wishes to propose the construction of a road within a specific section of the rail corridor in the vicinity of Byron Bay, the NSW Government would be happy to consider its proposal in further detail.’

    Council minutes from June 2017 record the result of subsequent debate:

    ‘Notice of Motion No. 9.2 Byron Bay Bypass File No: I2017/788
    Moved that Council:
    a) Provide an updated estimate for the full construction costs of the proposed Byron Bay bypass;
    b) Provide an estimate for the full construction costs of a roadway within the rail corridor from Lawson Street to Browning Street Byron Bay; and
    c) Identify the available sources of funds to construct the Byron Bay bypass. (Spooner/Coorey)
    The motion was put to the vote and declared lost.
    Crs Martin, Lyon, Ndiaye, Richardson and Cameron voted against the motion.
    Ordinary Meeting Minutes 22 June 2017 page 24’


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