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February 25, 2021

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‘Hollywood’ drug squads over the top

I guess we have to thank Hollywood for the enduring myth that a black-clad squad of elite 'blokes', preferably with cool helicopters, from the capital are needed to crack down on really serious crime in hick parts of the country like Mullumbimby.

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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.

Jaimini hut

Margot Hays, Bangalow I would like to voice my opinion regarding the hut structure at Belongil where Jaimini sits and...

Stop motion animators needed

Northern Rivers Community Gallery in Ballina is seeking expressions of interest from suitably experienced digital animators with demonstrated experience...

The lunatics have taken over the asylum…

The Zombies of the Climate ApoCOALpse have today swarmed around Queensland's Parliament House this morning to highlight impending climate chaos.

Tweed mayor and rail trail

Richard White, East Ballina I watched a Facebook video of Mayor, Chris Cherry, addressing a meeting, organised by the Northern...

Cut it down – Tweed Councillors at odds over future of forest red gum

‘We should be active and take the tree down,’ Cr Polglase told the Tweed Shire Council meeting last Thursday, referring to a significant forest red gum and koala food tree in Tweed Heads West.

Jo Faith, Newtown

According to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights every single human has a right to be housed. The Echo recently reported a disturbing incident at Brunswick Park where a homeless, crippled, First Nations male was severely beaten up by disturbed persons, who beat the man with his own wheelchair. His serious injuries required hospitalisation. His homeless situation and vulnerability highlight the serious need address the present dire ongoing socio-economic situation that created this criminal act.

The growing underclass of people in Byron illustrates poor planning as the drive for elitist development appears to be the only priority focus of Town Planning in the Shire. The Byron Shire community receive the highest number of welfare payments in the country (Echo 6 Jan, 2021)  Rental properties have dried up, and those that may exist exceed reality principles of those in the Shire on welfare.  Even people with leases have been ejected from residences in order for ‘the market’ to take advantage of Airbnb markets. Where all of this sits with the Dept. of Fair Trading is unknown. 

Much debate surrounds the current ‘Affordable Housing’ Private market.  This private socio-economic market pales into insignificance when compared to the long established  public market, which upholds safety and affordability rights within long-term renting. These factors directly open the need for debate addressing the ongoing rights for all, as reflected in the public market. The public market exists in the Byron Shire. I ask, who is representing the public market? And where are the proposals for further development of this public market in Byron Shire?

It is to be hoped that the private ‘Affordable Housing’ model has not diluted the rights of the exisiting Public Market! Developers seldom uphold human rights. If we want the disabled, poor and disenfranchised to live on the Streets and in the Parks we thus violate the International Declaration of Human Rights as a community.

We are all responsible, collectively.


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