24.3 C
Byron Shire
November 29, 2021

Council to manage native bushland near Mullum 

Latest News

COVID update – Aquarius, Lismore sewage fragments and the South African variant

The Northern NSW Local Health District says there have been no new cases of COVID-19 reported in the 24 hours to 8pm 28 November, but, they are urging residents in the Lismore area to be alert for COVID-19 symptoms.

Other News

Nathan Jones says he wants to see Tweed Council ‘working together’ for positive outcomes

Nathan Jones is one of two ungrouped candidates in the 4 December Tweed Council elections. Nathan says he has many years of experience in accounting and teaching and has based his campaign on reducing government with his headline campaign being ‘No State Governments means no border wall’.

IP dispute over aquaponics invention

Two organic farmers from Nimbin, Andrew Bodlovich and Hogan Gleeson, invented a sustainable food production system that they hoped would help feed the world. Now they say they risk losing 20 years of work owing to a legal battle with ‘big business interests’ that backed the technology.

Not wedging

Though it may be puzzling to some, I am heartened to see that some of the candidates for the...

Karma Indian Café, Byron

With a back story of love, good karma and street food from two completely separate states of India, it’s no wonder that Karma Café is one of the most popular Indian restaurants around.

Sale of St Oswald’s

To my utter disbelief the Grafton Diocese has decided it should sell the St Oswald’s church building and land....

Is it time to challenge the idea of Big Australia?

Premier Dominic Perrottet recently announced his intention to build a Big NSW. Much of this Big Population and Big Economy will be generated by a doubling of the state’s pre-covid migration intake.

Tallowood Ridge. Image Google Earth.

Paul Bibby

A precious pocket of old growth forest in Mullumbimby is a step closer to being in public hands after Byron Shire councillors voted to take responsibility for the site last week.

Tallowood Ridge, located next to the Tallowood housing estate off Left Bank Road, features 100-year-old trees that are home to numerous species including koalas.

Court orders

The site is protected by Land and Environment Court orders, but was set to become the responsibility of a small group of private landowners.

This raised concerns that more of the old growth trees would be lost and that the site would suffer from a lack of regular maintenance.

But following a long-running campaign from residents, councillors voted unanimously at last week’s meeting to enter into negotiations with the landowners, and/or the developer of the estate, to seek the gifting of the land to Council.

The developer, Eric Freeman, has previously indicated that he is willing to give the site to Council.

‘There are very few places in the community where people can access this type of forested area’, said Greens Cr Sarah Ndiaye, who put forward the proposal for Council to take over the site.

‘It’s an absolutely stunning example of what was here before we took over. It would be a real shame for this not to be well-managed into the future’.

The decision by Councillors came despite a report from Council staff recommending against such a move.

The staff report sited the cost to Council of maintaining the ridge as a key reason not take responsibility for it.

No development potential: staff

‘To date, Council has resisted effort by developers to dedicate land that has no development potential,’ Development Planning Officer, Christopher Soulsby, said.

Cr Ndiaye told the meeting that she had been quite disappointed with the staff report.

‘The overwhelming message from the biodiversity staff [as opposed to the planning staff] was that this was a really precious piece of land and there were plenty of funding opportunities for managing it into the future’.

‘It’s been proposed that landholders be the custodians of this very precious piece of land, but I feel that opens up the risk of pests, invasive species, trees being cut down…’ she said.

Speaking after the meeting, local resident Dave Rawlings, who has been part of the campaign to preserve the ridge, welcomed the decision.

‘It’s definitely a move in the right direction,’ he said.

‘We’re a big step closer to having the ridge in public hands.’

Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.


  1. Next minute they’ll just turn around and sell that land to the highest bidder.

    I would suggest, if everyone is really being honest about this, that it be turned into a national park or similar. We need to stop putting natural assets in the hands of politicians, even if they’re just local council.

    Do the right thing for once, please.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Last chance for tickets to Byron Shire Council Meet the Candidates forum

Today is your last chance to get tickets to tonight’s Byron Shire Meet the Candidates forum in the Byron Theatre.

Thousands gather at Ballina MMAMV rally

Around 2,500 gathered at Missingham Park in Ballina to hear MMAMV speakers before marching to the Ballina police station and then making their way back to the starting point for more speakers.

Telling girls they don’t like STEM halves their involvement at any age

Even children as young as six can develop ideas that girls don’t like computer science and engineering as much as boys – stereotypes that carry over into teenagerhood and contribute to gender gaps at university, according to a study published in PNAS.

Women Who Lead team focus on housing and environment

Letitia Kelly is heading the Independent Group F, Women Who Lead ticket in the upcoming Tweed Shire Council elections.