16 C
Byron Shire
December 1, 2022

GHD and Council

Latest News

Roller skating, skateboarding and more for Lismore

The ‘Lismore Urban Sports Precinct’ will deliver skateboarding, roller skating, BMX, scootering and sport climbing infrastructure as well as associated recreational infrastructure. 

Other News

Car drives into side of Byron homelessness cottage

A key homelessness service in Byron Bay is undergoing significant repairs after a car drove into part of the facility last week.

Climate change: It’s here, says Australia’s peak science orgs

Climate change is impacting Australia today and will further impact human lives. That’s the takeaway from the biennial State of the Climate report published by the nation’s leading scientific organisations, the CSIRO and the Bureau of Meteorology.

Targeting journalists

Israel has a long tradition of targeting journalists and since 2000 has killed 45 according to the Palestinian Ministry...

Giving the 7th a Nudge

Turning seven feels like heaven! Cunning Stunts celebrate the seventh birthday of the beloved Nudge Nudge Wink Wink FUNdraiser...

Barrio now open every Sunday

If you’re already dreaming about the weekend, how does spending a long lunch at Barrio Eatery & Bar sound? Owing...

Avoiding parking fees

I have just discovered the solution to avoid parking fees in Byron Bay. Simply buy a motorcycle and park on...

Cr Michael Lyon, The Pocket

In response to Victorian resident Tom Tabart; when we passed the anti-Adani motion we made a compromise that we would not cost this community unnecessarily by cancelling existing contracts, which would have become very expensive.

GHD began work on the design and applications with respect to the bypass project before the anti-Adani motion was passed and the recent work is further to that engagement.

Using a new supplier at this stage would have had cost and time implications, which in turn would lead to more cost implications. GHD have not been engaged since the anti-Adani motion in any new work, nor has any other company with links to Adani.

This includes one supplier who tendered for work on the noise attenuation part of the bypass construction but was ruled out due to their association with Adani.

For the Greens to be relevant, and to grow, we must employ some pragmatism with our principles and show that we can govern effectively where we have the chance. Otherwise, we will continue to sit on the fringes at state and federal level and our community will be the worse for it.

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. I’m a bit confused here, Cr Lyon – the motion you foreshadowed, and that was passed, was very strongly worded and included:

    ‘ 2. Resolves not to contract or engage in services under any existing contract with Downer EDI or any of its subsidiaries, including the RPQ Group and NSW Spray Seal, until they publicly withdraw from their agreement with Adani to construct and operate the Carmichael mine and publicly renounce any further involvement with Adani and the Carmichael mine.

    3. Investigates further companies to which at present or in the future Council may award
    contracts that may have any involvement in contracting for the development and operation of the Carmichael mine, or otherwise have ties to Adani.

    4. Resolves not to award future contracts to those companies identified in point three that are involved with Adani or the construction of the Carmichael mine until they renounce any involvement with Adani and the Carmichael mine. ‘

    I seem to remember the opposing councillors arguing, with little effect, against being cavalier with ratepayers funds. Evidently this one emblem of the climate issue was paramount.

    ‘…to engage in services under any existing contract’ doesn’t sound that compromising about unnecessary costs- albeit in reference to a specific and different company and its subsidiaries.

    Tell me, was Council contractually obliged to go with GDH for this further work? How much delay and extra cost would be involved? Isn’t the Adani mine still the touchstone of the climate issue?

    The meeting in question, Nov 2017, was accompanied by quite a bit of colour and movement including large signs demanding that we ‘STOP LABOR’S ADANI MINE !’

    The federal election’s now done and dusted with that bit of wedge politics having worked a treat!


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Firefighter injured battling large blaze in vehicle scrap yard

Fire fighters battled explosions and large blaze in a vehicle scrap yard at Trenayr, north of Grafton on Monday.

World AIDS Day – time to end transmission

Over 40 million people have died worldwide of AIDS over the last 41 years and ending the transmission of HIV is the aim of a specialist taskforce being set up by the Federal Government announced today on World AIDS Day 2022. 

Climate change a threat to local Gondwana rainforest mountain frogs

A new Southern Cross University study predicts that two species of mountain frogs located on the NSW/Queensland border are on track to be extinct by 2055.

Ballina council to kick-start waste reduction policies and projects

The Ballina Shire Council has voted unanimously to adopt a newly drafted policy aimed at waste reduction.