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May 8, 2021

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Join Clarkes Beach paddle out this weekend to stop massive oil and gas field project

Hundreds of local surfers and water-lovers will paddle out at Clarke’s Beach over the weekend to protest against a massive oil and gas field proposed for the NSW coast.

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Entertainment in the Byron Shire and Beyond

A huge amount of entertainment all crammed into one space.

Interview with Madeleine West

Madeleine West is a nationally acclaimed actress who is one of the many talents who lives in our region. Not just a soap star (some might know her as Dee Bliss from Neighbours), Madeleine has an extensive performance training background and she’s going to be sharing her Theatresports expertise with kids at the Byron Comedy Fest.

Ballina Dragons’ great results at Urunga

The Ballina Dragon Boat Racing Club is a group of paddling people from all walks of life who enjoy being out on the water having fun and keeping fit.

Boarding houses

Matthew O’Reilly, CABS president and Council candidate for the new Byron Greens The over-development of cramped boarding-house accommodation in Sunrise...

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Killer Crocs!

When I was 18, to rebel against the world my parents had created, I shaved a half Mohawk, encouraged my hair to stand on end, grew my armpit hair, wore torn black rags, too much eyeliner and wore 18-hole Dr. Martens boots. These days, to give their parents the shits, the kids are wearing Crocs. With socks. They’re going for comfort.

No air for Ben

Rhonda Ansiewicz, Federal Stop giving Franklin air time. Mayor Richardson, in his usual fashion, joins up with his mate Franklin...

Jo Faith, Newtown

The Bureau of Meteorology has warned that the East Coast of Australia can expect three cyclones owing to changing weather conditions. The timeline indicated the ‘near future’. Is Byron prepared for cyclones?

Byron Council’s 2015 flood plan study considers a maximum sea-level rise of 0.8m by the end of this century. Given changes in weather patterns current predictions now view a sea-level rise of 1–2m as more likely.

The recent mayoral vote to push through a Belongil development application (DA) for Gantra Pty Ltd, ‘Elements’ owners Brian and Peggy Flannery is confusing. No mention is made of the Coastal Protection Plan when addressing this Belongil development which forms part of the Cape Byron Marine Park.

Rezoning of the site to ‘Environmental Living’ seems to be a new method of supporting private property development.

This site is rich with acid sulphate soils, human sewage and a history of fish kills. It is a highly sensitive estuary currently undergoing the most painful of human induced deaths.

The site has always attracted the principles of upholding of the public interest, and public rights, which are now being displaced by ‘institutional forgetting’.


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Man dead after boat capsizes near Yamba

Police say a man has died and a second has been taken to hospital after a boat capsized south of Yamba this morning.

Jonson Street bus shelter gone and an era ended

Byron Shire Council says that the wooden bus shelter on Jonson Street outside the Byron Visitors Centre is being removed today with all bus services operating from the new bus interchange on Butler Street in Byron Bay

Upside down river

Tim Harrington, Lennox Head Letter contributor Richard White (letters 21/4/21) quite correctly identifies the Richmond River as an ‘upside down river’ and nowhere is this more...

Ballina Dragons’ great results at Urunga

The Ballina Dragon Boat Racing Club is a group of paddling people from all walks of life who enjoy being out on the water having fun and keeping fit.