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May 14, 2021

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Power outage in Byron Shire

Power supply company Essential Energy says that approximately 1,780 homes and businesses were without supply this morning.

Other News

‘Endless land releases’ not the solution for Byron’s housing crisis, says Labor mayor hopeful

Northern Rivers-based trade unionist and MBA student Asren Pugh has announced his candidature for Byron Shire Mayor in September’s local government elections on behalf of Country Labor. 

Filming of Byron Baes begins with no indigenous consultation

Filming of the Netflix series Byron Baes has reportedly commenced without any effort made by the show's production company – Eureka Productions – to consult with local indigenous groups or the local Council.

Remembering Bentley

Saturday 15 May is the seventh anniversary of Victory Day at the historic Bentley Blockade, just west of Lismore.

How much do you know about koalas?

How well do you know your koala facts? Test your knowledge at the June 2 Koala Hard Quiz in Mullumbimby.

‘Seven and a bit’ stone

Stone & Wood are thrilled to announce the return of Festival of the Stone to their Byron-based Brewery, Saturday...

Plans to increase building heights in Byron CBD may be shelved

Byron Council’s controversial plan to increase building height limits on a block in the centre of Byron Bay looks set to be abandoned at this week’s planning meeting.

Cr Cate Coorey, Byron Bay

The headline, Greens claim hands tied over rural tourist cabin approval (Echo November 27) was misleading. Of the nine councillors, eight voted for Cr Lyon’s amendment, which tried to get a better outcome for the neighbouring residents. Only Cr Ndiaye (Greens) voted against. Two Labor, one National, two independents and three Greens voted to support the amendment because it sought to remedy a bad situation.

We knew we had little chance of winning if a refusal meant the developers would take us to court. We did refuse the development application the last time it came before us because we felt we could win. The proponent then reduced the size of the development substantially and addressed several of the key concerns.

We work with the tools we have, but sadly, councillors cannot vote everything undesirable away and we cannot vote against what something might turn into in the future, such as a wedding venue or noisy party house. It is a problem of the planning regulations we have; largely those imposed on us by the state government.

Most councillors are aware of the impacts that the burgeoning tourism industry in rural areas is creating and we are trying to contain them. Also you could have mentioned in the article that Cr Lyon has been the driving force to get better regulation around tourist cabins.

The Echo should never allow its critics any grist to their mill that it is a biased publication. Independent media has to hold itself to the highest standard of fairness and accuracy.

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Filming of Byron Baes begins with no indigenous consultation

Filming of the Netflix series Byron Baes has reportedly commenced without any effort made by the show's production company – Eureka Productions – to consult with local indigenous groups or the local Council.

Byron Comedy Festival launched with a laugh

At a hilarious sold-out launch of the Byron Comedy Festival, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki had the entire Byron Bay Surf Club giggling last night

School Strike for Climate next Friday

Next Friday from 10am Byron Shire students will be demanding political action on the climate emergency in what they and their supporters say is our present, future and reality. 

Diverse and resilient

Andrya Hart, The Channon After statements and actions by some Rous councillors, I am left wondering how many refusals to accept the democratic vote at their...