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December 2, 2021

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Accusations of false dam claims in Cr Cadwallader’s mayoral campaign

Ballina Shire Council candidates against the idea of a new dam in Byron’s hinterland are accusing fellow candidate Sharon Cadwallader of false claims in her electoral campaign.

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Grumpy Grandma’s 

There are few in the region who aren’t familiar with Grumpy Grandma’s olives. Tim Stone and his wife Lynne...

A disappointed dog

It’s taken a whole week for my dog to read to page 21 in last week’s Echo. She’s been...

Gladys just doesn’t get it? Bullshit.

The rules are lost to the dark art of time, but when I was younger, we used to play a card game called ‘Bullshit’...

Govt delays action on holiday letting

The desperately-needed 90-day cap on un-hosted holiday letting promised to Byron locals by the State Government has become ensnared in a web of departmental obstructions and delays.

Time to ride the election cycle

Bicycle advocacy is vanishingly rare in our community. Amid all the noise about net zero, my search for bicycle advocate candidates to vote for on Saturday only turned up vague references to ‘reducing our reliance on cars’ and ‘increasing public transport connectivity’. The closest thing to policy was: ‘It’s time to create bike paths all over the Shire.’ 

Biodiversity, not dogs

Alison Drover’s comment is a welcome reminder of what Byron Shire, at our core, is representing – biodiversity. How do...

Win $1,000 off your Ballina council rates.

One lucky Ballina Shire ratepayer will win $1,000 off their 2019/20 rates and charges in a new competition to raise awareness about paper use.

Ballina Shire Council has launched the competition as they say each quarter they issue over 16,000 rates and charges notices.

The thousands of notices equates to about 113,000 sheets of paper every year, says Manager of Financial Services Linda Coulter. ‘We want to reduce these numbers, but we need the help of local ratepayers.’

‘We introduced the eRates service a couple of years ago to offer ratepayers an alternative to regular post,’ she says. ‘The service is particularly useful for property owners who live overseas or property managers who look after several investment properties.’

eRates subscribers receive their rates and charges notice direct to their nominated email inbox each quarter – no paper necessary. eRates allows users to save paper, receive their rates and charges notice faster, and reduces the chance of your notice being misplaced in the mail.

To enter, ratepayers must successfully subscribe to Ballina Council’s online eRates service before Monday 1 July 2019. To do this visit Council’s eRates service page and use your assessment number, email address, name, phone and address to complete the online form.

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