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March 3, 2021

Buses, not trains, the way forward

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Soli becalmed in NSW Pro surf series

Local surfer Soli Bailey has finished in second place at the Mad Mex Maroubra Pro World Surf League Qualifying Series event held at Sydney’s Maroubra beach last weekend.

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Cavanbah centre gets a taste of 3×3 basketball

The Byron Beez basketball team in collaboration with the U League hosted a 3x3 tournament at the Cavanbah centre at the end of January that attracted 30 teams.

Random Mullumbimby breath test leads police to cannabis and ketamine

Police say that a random breath test in Mullumbimby has led to the seizure of cannabis and ketamine.

Constitutional referendum/poll for LG elections for Byron Shire?

Is the wards fight back again? Byron Shire Council staff have advised, in the upcoming agenda, that ‘Council may conduct a Constitutional referendum or poll in conjunction with the Local Government Election, to be held in September 2021’.

Belongil beach hut

L S Lambert, Byron Bay The illegal building on Belongil Beach (Letters, 12 February) is a permanent structure with no...

‘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.

Action on Cumbalum Interchange at Ballina?

Following multiple community requests, Cr Phillip Meehan brought a motion to the last Ballina Council meeting calling for additional ramps to be built at the Cumbalum-Pacific Motorway interchange.

Peter Hatfield, Cumbalum

David Lisle’s opinion piece A short history of our rail corridor debate is a good summary of the long history of our efforts to try to open the disused former rail corridor for recreation and tourism. I would add to his history that, like every other transport study in the region that was open to alternatives, the recent draft Byron Shire transport strategy concluded that a rail service was not the best way to meet the public transport needs of the Shire, and it recommended putting in place more regular buses.

The draft study also includes the advice from Transport for NSW that the government will not fund the Shire’s plans to reactivate the rail corridor with a shuttle rail. The Byron Council is still trying to pursue its rail plans, but it has not come forward with any ‘strategy partner’ to fund it and the draft transport plan did not envisage any role for rail over the ten year life of the strategy, so it’s safe to conclude there is no identified funding source.

The Shire’s very consultative process with the community, to develop its PAMP and Bike Plan, resulted in a cycling and walking path along the corridor  being placed as Priority A in the Bike Plan. While the government will not fund its rail plans, the Tweed experience shows the Byron Shire would have little trouble getting funding to develop a design and business case for a path along the corridor, and it would again be likely to attract funding to construct it. Such a study could identify where it is feasible to build the path beside the rails as many in the Shire would prefer. I encourage the Byron Shire community to urge their Council to pursue the path they identified as a priority.


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Shores United win local derby in season opener

Shores United FC began their season in the Anzac Cup B football competition with a 3-1 win over local rivals the Mullumbimby Brunswick Valley FC last Sunday.

Ballina Dragon Boaters win world championships

Shelley Cornish from Tintenbar has won two gold medals in the world indoor rowing championships as well as a world record time, while husband Paul Hurley chimed in with a silver medal.

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.

Entertainment in the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning 3 March, 2021

Entertainment in the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning 3 March, 2021