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March 4, 2021

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Missing teen – Tweed Heads

Police are appealing for public assistance to locate a boy reported missing from Tweed Heads.

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Tweed Council rejects Casuarina disability viewing platform

Issues of queue jumping, the allocation of Tweed Shire Council’s resources in both time and money, and responding to...

Music fest aims to be COVID-19 recovery event

Byron Bay could host a two-day, beachside music and arts festival in June this year, after an application to hold the event was lodged with Byron Council.

Senior players triumph at Cherry Street Croquet Club

The experience combination of Joan Campbell (92 years young) and Elaine Astley (89) were able to beat the field and collect a win in the Cherry Streety Twilight Golf Croquet Plate Competition held at Ballina.

‘Groundhog Day’ shifts Splendour to November

Splendour in the Grass 2021 organisers say that Groundhog Day jokes aside, the festival will be rescheduled for a late spring edition, from Friday 19 to Sunday 21 November.

Cartoon of the week – 3 March, 2021

We love to receive letters, but not every letter will be published; the publication of letters is at the discretion of the online and print letters editors.

Editorial – Ewingsdale development creep rejected by residents

A petition of 294 signatures against rezoning Ewingsdale farmland to commercial use will be presented to councillors for their upcoming Thursday meeting.

Kathryn McConnochie, Byron Bay

In response to Sue Lennox letter, I read the article by Angela Mollard. Sadly, I found it to be a pretty true account of what has happened to the town of Byron Bay.

Sue didn’t live here before Byron became a mass tourist destination around the globe. I can remember the days when real estate and rents were affordable in town, you knew people in the main street, you didn’t have to lock your car or house, surfing at the Pass was accessible, driving across town was a breeze, and you could walk the streets safely late at night.

I agree with Mollard that the prices are ridiculous, especially real estate. It’s for a reason that the sign on entering Byron has been repeatedly changed to ‘Byron Pay’. The Council’s manipulative sign advising us to ‘Cheer up and Chill Out’ as we are stuck in regular traffic jams, is a failed pseudo New Age propaganda attempt.

The kids who grew up here can’t afford to buy in the Shire. Homelessness is on the rise (See p.16). Developers are pouncing. It’s all about supply and demand, they say.

Byron has been over-promoted worldwide as the most desirable tourist destination in Australia. Celebrities [moving in] are a by-product of that.

There are now 2.2 million tourists visiting annually. How many more do we want? The values of environmental protection and sustainability that residents have fought for since the ‘70s are being displaced by gentrification. People have bought themselves a lifestyle here, but generally haven’t brought with them the values and actions that saved this place. If people really care about protecting Byron from over-development then please join the local community groups fighting to save what is left of it.

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  1. Hi, is this Kathy McConnochie, as in the sister of Evan Mcconnochie? I’m Evan’s step son. Im trying to get in contact with Alex, his son, and your nephew (if I have the right Kathy, of course). Hopefully I do.
    Thank you for your time.


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