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August 6, 2021

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Byron Shire now included in north coast catchment CMP

Work underway on the development of the Richmond River Coastal Management Program (CMP) now includes parts of the Byron Shire, say Council.

Other News

It’s National Homelessness Week

In Australia there are over 116,000 people experiencing homelessness on any given night. Homelessness Week aims to raise awareness of the impact of homelessness on Australia via national and local community events

Markets could return to Byron’s Butler St Reserve

Byron’s weekly farmers’ market may return to its traditional home in Butler Street Reserve after detailed soil testing found that the park was less contaminated than was feared.

The great Ballina Library book sale

This Friday and Saturday will see book lovers dreams materialise in Ballina when the library holds their Library Collection Overhaul and Book Sale.

Want to get your voice heard on affordable housing?

Northern Rivers locals are being encouraged to bring their experiences, views and possible solutions on housing affordability to the attention of the NSW government on August 17 and 18.

Read all about it…

Rick Molloy, Federal If recent letters in The Echo have left you confused about the Israel/Palestine conflict, then help is...

Bioenergy beats biodiversity in Byron

Byron Wetlands is a vibrant bird sanctuary. Now Council has plans to construct a bioenergy plant adjacent to the wetlands and sewage treatment plant.

Jo Faith, Newtown

Late last century (over 30 years ago) a cluster of cronies and pollies from NSW government had a neo-liberal thought bubble. Revamp Byron Bay. Give it the glitz of the Gold Coast. Solution: more roads and development!

It was a country cousin place at the time. The traffic on Ewingsdale Road flowed with ease to the township. One could slow their car down as farmer Tom ambled on his horse to town. So pleasant was the pace, atmosphere and general vibe that one’s heart slowed down; breathing slowly, one could view the many enchantments of Byron township.

Farmer Richard had a Yak, a sleek graceful ballerina. As one approached the roundabout on Jonson Street, they sat on a seat watching the traffic. Music played and Earth protectors danced on the streets and in Railway Park. But lurking in the underworld and shadows was Mr Market, with his twin brother Mr Progress. They did not fit into the ambience. That would have to change!

So it was that the narratives of ecological sustainability were hijacked into one word ‘sustainability’. No one seemed to notice that this concept had morphed into ‘market sustainability’. Developers and Council representatives continue to espouse the term.

Sustainability is on everyone’s lips as we witness the demise of the Butler Street wetlands. Stage One has been completed, the asphalt has been laid over it. How little we know or understand the role of this life-sustaining gift of nature.

We live in the worst times of climate change with more tragedies to come. Wetlands sustain nature – sustainability does not!

More to the point, we note that the claimed Green council has contributed $4 million of ratepayers’ money and other monies from ‘growing economies’. They are not named. The state government has donated $20 million. How Anthropogenic!

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