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February 9, 2023

Mullumbimby hospital development update

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Iron Gates development in Evans Head land owners go into administration – again

The Iron Gates development, that is on flood- and fire-prone land near Evans Head, has been fought by the community for over 30 years. The current company that owns the site, Goldcoral Pty Ltd whose director is Graeme Ingles, has now been placed into administration.

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60 charged in Mid North Coast property crime sting – Strike Force Kinnereth

After a strike force was established to investigate alleged break and enters on the Mid North Coast 60 people have been charged with a total of 145 offences

A tribute for Richard Moloney

Byron Shire has lost another of its colourful characters, the irrepressible Richard Moloney, who died suddenly but peacefully in his home at the end of January.

Only nine weeks to Bluesfest and 18 new artists announced

Easter is on its way and that means Bluesfest is only nine weeks away. 

The elusive ‘Drop of the Desert’ cocktail

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Lismore Thistles launch youth player academy

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Protesters stop logging at Doubleduke

The latest in a series of actions to save trees and habitat, native forest logging has been halted this morning by protests in Doubleduke state forest, between Grafton and Casino.

Byron Shire Council says that the discovery of further deposits of asbestos at the former Mullumbimby hospital site has delayed the final remediation of the property.

Council was expecting to have the property fully remediated by the end of 2019 but final sampling after the demolition and removal of the hospital buildings and contaminated soil showed asbestos beyond the building footprint.

Phillip Holloway, Director Infrastructure Services, said a NSW EPA accredited site auditor has been engaged to undertake a thorough investigation and provide recommendations regarding future remediation and management.

‘It is very disappointing because we were looking forward to getting on with redeveloping the site in keeping with the wishes of the community via the Mullumbimby Hospital Site Project Reference Group,’ he said.

‘We do not yet know the cost of this additional remediation or the long-term management options for this site but the community should be assured that there is no risk to public health.’

The site is fenced off, closed to the public and the contaminated area is contained.  In mid-April Council will be covering the area with a geo-fabric material which will then be over-laid with clean fill.

Despite the asbestos discovery, planning for the site is continuing with staff working with one of Australia’s most innovative urban design consultants, to develop the land for a diverse range of community housing and associated community services.


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Far North Coast branch of NSW Farmers launches

The new NSW Farmers Far North Coast Branch, that will be representing farmers from the Tweed and Byron Shires, launched yesterday.

New Lismore refugee support group starting up

A local group from the Lismore area, the Lismore Region Refugee Settlement (LRRS), have come together to support refugees settling in the area. 

A tribute for Richard Moloney

Byron Shire has lost another of its colourful characters, the irrepressible Richard Moloney, who died suddenly but peacefully in his home at the end of January.

Flood rebuilds hampered by ‘like-for-like’ insurance clause

Attempts by flood-affected homeowners to retrofit their homes with flood-resilient materials are being cruelled by insurance companies and builders, a local resident says.