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March 9, 2021

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Seapeace: the late Tony Maxwell’s wetland legacy

Many curious minds have pondered the purpose of the rice paddy-like waterbodies that scallop the contour lines out into the Ewingsdale coastal plain that can be viewed from St Helena Road.

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Brunswick Heads marina berths to increase

Questions remain unanswered around a press release from Nationals MLC Ben Franklin’s office regarding a $2.8 million upgrade to...

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Dear Brittany

We watched you. We watched you break the silence. We heard the truth shatter like a glass hitting the tiles.

Contemporary Byron

David Morris, Byron Bay ‘In Xanadu did Kubla Khan/A stately pleasure-dome decree’, Coleridge. Lines penned supposedly after being woken from...

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.


Jo Faith, Newtown Thank you all at The Echo for upholding independent journalism. For readers and activists concerned about the demise...

Suffolk Park pump track for Cavanbah

Kathy Gleeson, Suffolk Park When I first heard of, and supported, the pump track at the Linda Vidler Park in Suffolk...

Jill Ball, Brunswick Heads

Regarding the DA for the boarding house in Bayside Brunswick Heads. In 2012 a 27-room boarding house was proposed at the gym site in Teven Street, Brunswick Heads. The Byron Shire Council opposed the development and the owners appealed to the Land and Environment Court.

At that time, I was president of the Brunswick Heads Progress Association (BHPA) and I spoke against the development at the tribunal. The Commissioner, Sue Harris, dismissed the appeal, stating, among other things, that the development was not compatible with the local area, which had been agreed by both parties as consisting largely of single houses with some medium density and commercial development.

Buzzwords like low cost, affordable, secure new age boarding house, urban consolidation, low to moderate cost accommodation, are used to woo the decision makers and councillors, all of whom would dearly love an easy answer to our shortage of housing. Only government owned or run social housing is genuinely affordable. Self-declared ‘for profit’ entities cannot be trusted to maintain security of tenure into the future.

The local community united in 2012 to save Bruns from totally inappropriate development, I urge Bayside Bruns and Brunswick Heads locals to lobby your councillors and local members of parliament to oppose this DA. Nothing has changed since 2012 in Bruns to make it a more suitable area for a boarding house.

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