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May 25, 2024

Paid parking, dangerous potholes, and substandard toilet blocks

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Surfing on the spectrum – free fun for everyone at Lennox and Byron this Sunday

Ocean Heroes will be giving children who are on the autism spectrum the chance to experience what it is like to be in the ocean on a surfboard this Saturday at Lennox Head and Sunday in Byron Bay.

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Legal system fails to keep kids safe

Fifteen years ago, Karen Bell’s three children – Bon 18 months, Maddie 5, and Jack 7, were found with their dead father Gary Bell in a vehicle at Perico – a collapsed hippy colony on the NSW far south coast.

Police appeal again to locate man missing from Mullumbimby

Police are again appealing for public assistance to locate Gage Wilson, a man missing from Mullumbimby, since Saturday, 18 May.

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State government investment in major battery projects across NSW is to be increased and fast-tracked, Minister for Climate Change and Energy Penny Sharpe said on Wednesday.

Final kambo witnesses called, inquest yet to hear from Lore Solaris and Cameron Kite

The Jarrad Antonovich inquest ground inexorably towards its conclusion yesterday, with more evidence from witnesses showing the tragedy could possibly have been avoided, and certainly the ongoing damage lessened, if everyone involved had taken responsibility earlier.

Horst Tietze, Mullumbimby

Thank you to the Mullum Farmers Market for providing glistening new bathrooms. Looking at other Shire facilities we can only hope Council will take a leaf out of their book.
I have been reading about empty Council coffers for the best part of 30 years while we all continue struggling with dangerous potholes and substandard toilet blocks. It’s a disgrace.

The paid parking issue in Brunswick Heads highlights again our inability to provide community amenities and facilities in line with our reputation as a premium global tourist destination. In times of a pandemic and restrictions on international air travel, there will be more and more domestic demand in the future.

I raised the issue of a local bed tax with local members about ten years ago. They were all saying: too hard basket. I vehemently disagree. If it takes legislative change, signed off by the State government, so be it.

There are many local governments like us along the NSW east coast affected in similar ways. They are all struggling financially in providing adequate amenities. Why not gather a coalition of coastal councils to lobby the State government? Maybe I’m ignorant here and this is already happening?
Can someone enlighten me on the issue where the real problem with a bed tax lies? Paid parking, which will have dire consequences for the Brunswick retail outlets, is out of question. They provide much needed employment in the north of the Shire.
Seaside destinations around the globe are able to raise bed taxes, why not us? A couple of dollars per night might go a long way in additional funding for our much-maligned infrastructure.


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