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‘Hollywood’ drug squads over the top

I guess we have to thank Hollywood for the enduring myth that a black-clad squad of elite 'blokes', preferably with cool helicopters, from the capital are needed to crack down on really serious crime in hick parts of the country like Mullumbimby.

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Interview with Michael Balson, creator of Ocean to Sky

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Craig Kelly quits Liberal Party

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Letting the love light SHINE in Lismore

A discovery focused light festival in August hopes to attract locals and visitors to Lismore.

Local fisherfolk caught in the parking fine net

FIsherfolk have been caught in the net of parking fines designed to stop travellers parking up for the night on the Tweed Coast Road and they are seeking help to access their beaches at night without fines.

CWA getting their facts right on the Far North Coast

Members of the Far North Coast Group of the Country Women’s Association of New South Wales (CWA) gathered in Lismore on Saturday for their Group Facts Day.

Council’s power

Matthew O’Reilly I refer to Ian Pickles’ letter, titled ‘Developers’ power’ (Letters, 10 February). Generally, I must agree with most of...

Cr Paul Spooner, Byron Shire Council

Ah, nothing like a conspiracy theory to get Echonetdaily juices flowing.

If you believe certain correspondents it appears local councillors are a bunch of illiterate nut jobs drinking way too much kool aid supplied courtesy of the executive staff.

While this may be an entertaining image, it is simply wrong.

A case in point: The majority of councillors supported the approval and construction of the Byron Bay bypass in full knowledge of the facts.

Yes, it goes through a wetland, that is why the project required a development application to be submitted.

Yes, there is an endangered snail present in the area, that is why it required offset credits through a bio-banking arrangement.

Yes, the project requires land fill because it was going through a wetland.

The uncomplicated fact is that councillors voted to support the bypass because of the growing traffic congestion when trying to get into and through Byron Bay.

This position was ultimately supported by Labor, Greens and Nationals on council as the alternative of using the transport corridor, was rejected.

To argue to do nothing or block this from happening would be a complete failure of our local government body to fulfil its legislated role.

Documents relating to the Byron Bay bypass are available on council’s website.

Have a good end of 2019 and may we all travel better in 2020!


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