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April 23, 2021


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Tweed Council to write to government for more housing support

With a shortage of affordable housing in most areas of the Far North Coast, it is not surprising that Tweed is also feeling the pinch and Council has declared a housing emergency in the area owing to a lack of availability and affordability.

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A bouquet for Lilac House

L Jenkins, Byron Bay Nicole Habrecht should receive free paint and brushes and a pat on the back from Council for...

5MW solar farm funding under question

A 5MW solar farm proposed for Myocum, located near the Byron Resource Recovery Centre, poses a ‘high degree of risk’, and could jeopardise funding for other large Council infrastructure projects, according to a staff report, to be tabled at this Thursday’s meeting.

East Ballina Lions desperately needs new members

East Ballina Lions Club has given over thirty years of service to numerous community programs and initiatives, but if it doesn't get more members soon, it will have to close.

Interview with Dave Callan

Dave Callan is a big hairy Irish bloke. He’s funny. You would have seen him on Rove and heard him on Triple J – but now you get to see him dance! With backup dancers and a show full of spectacular choreography and a hairy Viking, catch A–Z of Dance at Byron Comedy Fest. Dave told us a little more…

Local youth among those hardest hit by housing affordability crisis

A 20 per cent spike in rents is driving an increase in youth homelessness across the North Coast, the organisers of a national campaign to end homelessness say.

Housing crisis and Council

Avital Sheffer, Mullumbimby Population growth in this Shire is inevitable like it or not. Those who are being pushed out by...

Jo Faith, Newtown

John Lazarus’s letter (26 August) addressed the possibility of a new art installation. I was hoping that [a proposal to spend] ratepayers’ money would include the possibility of a First Nations artist being included. First Nations artists are recognised globally as unique. [But apparently] Not so. I continued reading as John Lazarus attempted to explain process to Cr Michael Lyon.

Reading the conclusion I felt physically ill and despairing for Byron Shire. Michael informs John, ‘It’s pretty clear no-one is listening to you John. Give up the ghost mate, for your sake more than anything. You are less relevant than Fast Buck$’.

In this besmirching statement I felt that not only was John vaporised, but also the whole Byron Environment Centre (BEC) and the volunteer collective of environmentalists, who for over thirty years have earnestly worked for the rights of nature and the rights [and recognition of] of First Nations peoples. The BEC has a legally recognised constitution that has upheld rights and democratic principles for all the community.

My depression intensified as the threads of Council attitudes to community gathered. For example, the recent attack on Dailan Pugh who chose to educate Council on the ecology surrounding fish kills. Why did another community group CABS (Community Action Byron Shire) find their email in the spam system in Council? CABS upholds the dignity and rights of civil society. Many people who come to live in the Byron region immediately realise the huge debt we owe to Mother Nature. The community, for decades, have never stopped working for the rights of nature. Fast Buck$ holds decades of collective memory and has a right to speak! It really looks like wilful ignorance is aiding development and governance in Byron. A great shame, as dignity and consciousness is socially stripped to the lowest and darkest common denominator. Depression results.

Council does not like women speaking, or environmentalists, or civil society; it does not even note its failure to recognise the inclusive rights of First Nations peoples.

Governance does have ratified charters of applied principles. Let’s elevate the discourses. Council – you claim to be Green – use funding to educate staff in these principles. Pandemic times reveal Morrison aiding mining magnates by stripping away environmental laws. Elevate governance principles, democracy and collective rights. We give you our money. No more bloke narratives please.

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Simon Richardson steps down as Byron Shire Mayor

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Pay parking for Lennox Head?

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East Ballina Lions desperately needs new members

East Ballina Lions Club has given over thirty years of service to numerous community programs and initiatives, but if it doesn't get more members soon, it will have to close.