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Feros responds to Expression of Interest announcement

The announcement earlier today that the Minister for Crown Lands, Steve Kamper, started the Expressions of Interest (EOI) process for Feros Village Byron Bay has drawn a response from the Feros Care board that still sees the facility in terms of a 'closure'. 

Other News

Byron homeless hub forced to cut vital services

Byron’s only homeless hub says it has to reduce services owing to an increase in demand and a lack of government funding.

Legend Pizza

If you go back in time 32 years, Byron was very different, but Legend Pizza was already a massive favourite of locals. You’d have to be a bit of a legend to have a successful business that’s been right in the middle of Jonson St for 30 of those years; that’s been locally owned and operated the whole time.

Feros slaps ban on media visits

On Saturday, on the way to visit Feros Byron Bay residents, The Echo was told via text and email from a Feros Care media spokesperson that, ‘Unfortunately we have a policy of no media on site.

Disaster management needs different approach, says NRCF

Disaster funding must favour social capital and community building, rather than just ‘mopping up’, the head of the philanthropic organisation, Northern Rivers Community Foundation, says.

What do you think of the Wade Park masterplan?

So many of the Lismore LGA assets were damaged in last year’s flood and the process of rebuilding is creating an opportunity to do things differently.

It’s time! Tweed capsules of memories on view

Fifty-years ago Tweed Shire residents gathered at the site of the Murwillumbah Civic and Cultural Centre and library and buried two time capsules before construction began and it's almost time to open them up.

Patricia Warren, Brunswick Heads

Jason Van Tol needs to focus on the issue (Letters, 20 January). What social compass carries with it an entitlement to inflict the noise impact of a drumming circle on such an extensive area in Brunswick Heads for hours upon end?

Why now, and not before, do we have signage stating that ‘events’ must be licensed by Reflections? It’s a response to the volume of complaints!

Why did the drummers ignore the requirements when holding an ‘event’ on 3 January in full knowledge that it would induce a crowd? What COVID restrictions did this event or previous events adhere to?

Given both the publicity about the signage and where it’s sited, it would be difficult if not implausible to argue, ‘I/we did not know’ as a defence. So, why wouldn’t the drummers’ behaviour not trigger the warned of enforcement of being shut down?

Moving to the area in front of the surf club on subsequent Sundays is still locating this ‘event’ on Crown Land, for which a licence is required.

Why has the drumming circle been moved on several times, what does this signal?

It would be remiss of me not to challenge any attempt to ‘sell’ or mythologise that this is a ‘valued’ community event or has ‘traditional’ standing. There hasn’t been any drumming circle to my knowledge in Brunswick for the last 30+ years. To claim an alleged ‘community value’ and to satisfy the notion of ‘traditional’ it has to be supported with evidence of continuity. Where is the evidence for either?

Furthermore, just to advise the drummers; Torakina Park was only engineered into existence in the 1960s and there are extensive areas of the foreshores in Brunswick that have been created by infill, a fact that long-term senior locals and history can attest too.

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Weed exit and smiley koalas get support

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Another wallaby death on beach prompts calls on dog owners 

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A win for Feros Village Byron Bay residents

A whole community can expel a sigh of relief at the breaking news that months of distress and sadness can now become part of history – this morning the Minister for Crown Lands, Steve Kamper, has announced that services providers for aged care are advised that Expressions of Interest (EOI) are now open for Feros Village Byron Bay.

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