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May 16, 2021

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Bluesfest announces October dates for 2021 festival

After two disappointing cancelations of their event, Bluesfest has announced that they will hold the 2021 festival over the...

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Remembering Bentley

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

Tweed residents facing rate rise in 2021/2022 financial year

Tweed residents are invited to provide feedback on their council's budget, revenue policy and fees and charges, as Tweed Council prepares to finalise its delivery program and operational plan for the next financial year.

A confusion of letters in Ocean Shores

Apparently, there is another Ocean Shores in another part of the world, and they have deer…

OCA a ‘diamond in the rough’

Around four years ago a group of like-minded friends started a Syntropic Farm project. Since that time, they have...

Water outage in Ballina this Thursday

Residents on Crane and Owen Streets in Ballina are advised of a planned water outage this Thursday May 13.

Father and son win first sailing race

Sixteen boats competed in the Tweed Valley Sailing Club’s race day earlier this month in a 10-12 knot breeze...

Cr Cate Coorey, Byron Bay

Last week’s headline, ‘Greens claim hands tied over rural tourist cabin approval’ 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 (DA) 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; you could have mentioned in the article that Cr Lyon has been driving to get better regulation around tourist cabins.

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