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May 18, 2024

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Brunswick 30 has been delivered to Brunswick Heads Boat Harbour

Following successful sea trials at Yamba the Brunswick 30 was delivered to Brunswick Heads Boat Harbour on Wednesday, May 15. 

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Brunswick 30 has been delivered to Brunswick Heads Boat Harbour

Following successful sea trials at Yamba the Brunswick 30 was delivered to Brunswick Heads Boat Harbour on Wednesday, May 15. 

Byron Shire tops NSW for homelessness

The latest data from the NSW government’s 2024 Street Count has revealed a stark and troubling reality for Byron Shire, which now accounts for the largest number of rough sleepers in NSW. This highlights the urgent need for support for local homeless services like the Mullumbimby and District Neighbourhood Centre, Fletcher Street Cottage and other homeless services like Liberation Larder.

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: It’s a Sign

Someone is taking down signs. You know who you are. Right now, I bet you are sitting at home with a bunch of corflutes from the Byron Comedy Festival, and a bunch of other local events, feeling powerful in your sad fight against fun.

Back, bigger and better than ever

Stone & Wood’s annual Festival of the Stone is back, bigger and better than ever on Saturday, 1 June. This year is shaping up to be a huge celebration of community, music and delicious food – all for a good cause.

Waiting for Assange

A major turning point in his son’s freedom campaign only twelve days away, John Shipton exuded calm and at times, joy, during an intimate forum in Mullumbimby last week.

Local housing prices down over 20 per cent

The region has seen falling house prices, new data from CoreLogic suggests.

R Goodchild, Brunswick Heads

How can Council be trusted when, every time paid parking (PP) in Brunswick Heads is discussed, we are faced with a different set of guidelines? We started with full-time metered parking, and when that was proven to be unnecessary it became periodic PP in December, January and Easter. Now it seems to be weekends and public holidays. Imagine the confusion and signage we will have to contend with, apart from the unattractive meters. All in all it’s just a pretext to getting those meters in, so that eventually they will be in use all year round or spread out to a larger area, as this is the only way that they will be financially viable.

The TPS report carried out two years ago reported that parking in Mullumbimby is a far bigger problem (than in Bruns) and suggested that a review of parking meters in Bruns be put on hold for five years. The Ethos Urban report acknowledged the harm that meters could do to local jobs. These are facts that Council have chosen to totally ignore.

And if, by some miracle, the world returns to normal and we get visitors back at a level where our businesses can regain much needed income, is Council prepared to risk these livelihoods just because they claim they do not believe meters will deter visitors? There are many businesses in Byron Bay who know otherwise.

This is not a Council who cares about our village atmosphere, or for the opinion of thousands who have signed petitions against paid parking in Bruns. This is purely a money grab.

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