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May 8, 2021

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Join Clarkes Beach paddle out this weekend to stop massive oil and gas field project

Hundreds of local surfers and water-lovers will paddle out at Clarke’s Beach over the weekend to protest against a massive oil and gas field proposed for the NSW coast.

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Northern Star dimming under Murdoch shadow

As democracy advocates and journalists around the world did their best to acknowledge World Press Freedom Day on May 3, in regional Australia, The Northern Star was dimming.

Respect for Country

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More money for Byron Shire roads and bridges

The NSW government has announced almost $5 million dollars in funding for Byron Shire infrastructure.

Mayor’s parting gift 

Michele Grant, Ocean Shores The Mayor’s parting gift to the Bruns/Bayside Community was ushering through approval for the controversial Corso...

Byron Council to introduce car-free Sundays in the centre of town

Byron Council has taken a further step toward getting cars out of, and pedestrians into, the centre of Byron, by voting to introduce car-free Sundays.

House? What house? Stolen car crashes into Terranora house

Police say a house in Terranora is significantly damaged thanks to a mystery thief in a stolen car crashing into it over the weekend.

Cr Michael Lyon, The Pocket

It has been easy to get frustrated in the last couple of weeks of reading The Echo, which, as a councillor, it is my responsibility to do. Firstly, the lack of celebration or story of the wonderful opening of the revitalised Railway Park, and last week, the article rehashing the rail corridor bypass route, complete with misleading diagram and commentary.

It was then pointed out to me that opponents of the bypass will do everything they can to stop the road, they are within their rights to try, and they see it as their responsibility. My frustration recently has been borne out of the knowledge that all delays to this project are costing our community. Significant amounts of money that could otherwise be spent on improving other infrastructure, or achieving environmental outcomes, as examples.

However, it seems this is a price we will need to pay and we must patiently await the umpire’s decision. Whatever that decision is, I hope we can then all respect the outcome and try to move forward knowing that we are all working hard to achieve what we think is in the best interests of our Shire.

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  1. Michael the process Council blindly and wilfully adopted in avoiding it’s legislative responsibilities towards threatened species has put it in this position. And then there’s the precautionary principle central to environmental ideology.The frustration is wholly of your Councils own making. Why should Council be held to different and lower standards to any other developer? Funding was accepted for an idea. The imperative was to spend the funds quickly. Proper investigative planning was not done. The environmental assessment was flawed and found only what council wanted to hear.
    The phrase putting the cart before the horse comes to mind.


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