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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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They will not be forgotten…

In the wake of the pandemic restrictions, ANZAC Day will be commemorated in a COVID safe fashion and some...

MVP is its own award

It’s easy to get excited about Byron’s new MVP restaurant in Lawson St – it’s not only got standout dishes such as Blue Spirulina Linguine with blue swimmer crab and Yamba prawns, and Fettuccine al Ragù with Hayters Hill beef ragù sauce, feta and baby peas, but it’s also all sustainably sourced from local growers, available in takeaway (even delivered if you’re close to town) and more than half of the menu is plant-based.

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...

Pandemic plate lickers release lockdown dessert

The 2020 pandemic lockdown meant the entire entertainment industry was cancelled, but making music cannot be cancelled.

Upside down river

Richard White, East Ballina I was going to deride the various government departments and agencies (DPI, DPE, OEH, EPA etc) that...

Interview with Toni Childs

Internationally celebrated musician, Emmy winner and three times Grammy nominee Toni Childs is bringing her show to The Brunswick Picture House. With two acts, Childs is promising a special two hour performance as she celebrates her vast catalogue of music, which also saw her celebrate the 30th anniversary of her critically acclaimed album Union in 2019.

Tina Petroff, Ocean Shores

Great letter David Froggett I couldn’t agree with you more!

Byron Shire Council (BSC) rates are now higher than Tweed Shire residential rates, and they’ve still stuck all our ratepayers with the highest water and sewerage rates in NSW.

Our higher rates give us third world road standards and potholes you could fish in! A Council that steadfastly puts obstacles in the community’s way (after multiple community consultations and surveys) to do everything they can not to bring our little kids’ swings back to Waterlily Park. That is after they took them out in 2017, promising to bring them back, then burying them in the Council tip a year later, prompting an outcry from the many parents with babies and small children. This meant that the local schools and community had to fund raise for a replacement set of little kids’ swings to install in Waterlily Park.

It certainly is time for a change: to councillors who actually say ‘Yes’ to Olympic public pools, so our rising young Olympians can practise; proper integrated sportsfields; and cycleways (alternate transport) that actually connect with and through all towns in this Shire. Not councillors like the current Greens who have supported high rise development in Byron, and a large precinct of holiday homes on coastal dunes at Broken Head.

Who have allowed hundreds of secondary dwellings that don’t have to pay any extra residential rates. Who have allowed ‘fill ins’ in the north of the Shire across our beautiful coastline and hills, which don’t allow for adequate parking and cause more cars to park along our residential streets, more traffic on our roads, less amenity.

Who support more burden on our state of the art sewerage treatment plant (STP) that Council have understaffed for decades, and now want to close, to link us up with piping to Mullum’s STP and their old buckling drainage systems; and a mayor who’s hell bent on paid parking in friendly little villages. I’ll bet he doesn’t want paid parking in Federal where he lives!

A Council that are increasing the yearly lease on Brunswick Surf Club by tenfold ($3,000) to force them to pay the highest annual rental in NSW for a surf club with all volunteer lifesavers. They all worked very hard to redesign their surf club and achieve a government grant to finally bring their club into the 21st century, and you penalise them. Great way to thank your tireless volunteers councillors!

Absolute lunacy! Shame on you Council!

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