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December 2, 2021

The best of times

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Accusations of false dam claims in Cr Cadwallader’s mayoral campaign

Ballina Shire Council candidates against the idea of a new dam in Byron’s hinterland are accusing fellow candidate Sharon Cadwallader of false claims in her electoral campaign.

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Time to ride the election cycle

Bicycle advocacy is vanishingly rare in our community. Amid all the noise about net zero, my search for bicycle advocate candidates to vote for on Saturday only turned up vague references to ‘reducing our reliance on cars’ and ‘increasing public transport connectivity’. The closest thing to policy was: ‘It’s time to create bike paths all over the Shire.’ 

Sale of St Oswald’s

To my utter disbelief the Grafton Diocese has decided it should sell the St Oswald’s church building and land....

Women Who Lead team focus on housing and environment

Letitia Kelly is heading the Independent Group F, Women Who Lead ticket in the upcoming Tweed Shire Council elections.

Ballina Council agrees to consider tighter holiday let policy

The Ballina Shire Council has voted unanimously to investigate options for restricting short-term rental accommodation.

Evidence-based claims on Dunoon Dam

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Byron’s new estate

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Neil Matterson, Byron Bay

To misquote Charles Dickens, ‘It is the best of times, it is the worst of times…’

A few among many of the worst of times: the health and financial well being of a lot of individuals, families and institutions are in upheaval. Businesses are struggling to survive and some will vanish in the longer term. Some children will grow with an education fault line and social dislocation will be ingrained in some sections of the community.

The best of times, very selectively? The iconic ocean landscape of Byron Bay is clearly visible and peaceful without interruption from excessive tourists.

But let’s hope we get to the stage quickly enough to be able to look back and quote Charles Dickens correctly – ’It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…’

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  1. In many ways it will be the start of “best of times” in the West and Democracy. Socialism and Communism has been seen to be the cause of so many deaths, in the last few weeks and the last 100 years. Either by criminal stupidity, criminal negligence or deliberate criminal actions China, or more correctly the Chinese Communist Party is seen to be the most idiot ideologues, There is not an intelligent country in the world who is even now not preparing to move their business `s to somewhere with morals, scruples and intelligence. India for one or back to their home country.
    God help the Chinese populace because their govt wont.

  2. What the Dickens is this about? There are two cities so the other one must be Mullum in this ditty.
    And neither has a Cruise Ship Terminal as we wash our hands of grime and grit, dirt oh so gritty,
    of the problem that Sydney has, but Byron could if it wanted to grow could get a Cruise Ship Terminal.
    Council would then have more rates and funds and it would not make the place so dead and terminal.
    We then could have the ‘best of times’ and read the New York Times because it rhymes.
    And be a decent place with more people, traffic, noise, parties, beer, signals and traffic signs.
    And don’t forget the bypass pushing back the swamp, frogs and toads in these worst of times.


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