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Join Clarkes Beach paddle out this weekend to stop massive oil and gas field project

Hundreds of local surfers and water-lovers will paddle out at Clarke’s Beach over the weekend to protest against a massive oil and gas field proposed for the NSW coast.

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Native Title declared on Evans Head after 25-year fight

Last week the court met on Evans Head, where 52 small parcels of land covering a total of 7.2 square kilometres were given native title.

What’s going on with gas?

David Lowe According to the prime minister, we’re in the midst of a ‘gas-led recovery’. Until about five minutes ago,...

No air for Ben

Rhonda Ansiewicz, Federal Stop giving Franklin air time. Mayor Richardson, in his usual fashion, joins up with his mate Franklin...

Byron Bay’s first ever matured spirit wins gold medal at London Spirit Competition

While the Northern Rivers region is well known for its environment and lifestyle, it is also becoming known for...

Why do we destroy what we love?

Nan Nicholson, The Channon I have been an environmental activist for over 50 years (I started when I was a...

From go to whoa – Norco Primex expo covers it all

Norco and Primex are bringing a three-day sustainable farming and primary industry expo to you.

Tom Tabart, Bellarine Greens

In The Echo editorial (26 February) which I totally support, it was mentioned that the Byron Greens lacked any policies on local issues 

This is correct but I would like to point out that there have been strenuous attempts to formulate policy in the past – they died on the floor of Byron Greens meetings or were just ignored.

In my final years with the Byron group, myself, Jan Barham, Chris Harris, Duncan Dey and others wrote detailed policies on planning, water and sewage, rubbish management, festivals and other matters. Not only did we fail to have them properly circulated to the membership but were strenuously resisted when we attempted to have them discussed.

The rationale for the standard negative fillibuster appeared to be that a policy either affected one of the mayor’s pet interests (like festivals) or was likely to upset council staff. There was virtually no input or reaction from the wider membership which, as now, remains largely ignorant of the detail of local issues.

It would appear that this situation still obtains with Simon (presumably supported by the three blind mice) vigourously resisting a Byron Greens resolution to oppose the Business and Industrial Lands Strategy. 


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Man dead after boat capsizes near Yamba

Police say a man has died and a second has been taken to hospital after a boat capsized south of Yamba this morning.

Jonson Street bus shelter gone and an era ended

Byron Shire Council says that the wooden bus shelter on Jonson Street outside the Byron Visitors Centre is being removed today with all bus services operating from the new bus interchange on Butler Street in Byron Bay

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