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October 19, 2021

Coat of tarnish

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Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 19 October, 2021

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Creative definition of affordable housing before Byron Council 

A development application is (again) coming before this week’s planning meeting, which attempts to use ‘farm stay’ accommodation to provide affordable housing for students enrolled in agriculture-related courses.

XR plans two weeks of ‘Reclaim our Future’ protests

Extinction Rebellion Lismore is part of the Northern Rivers push to highlight the issue of climate change and a march and candlelit vigil last night was the start to a fortnight of ‘Reclaim Our Future’ protests.

New positive COVID-19 case at Ballina Coast High School

Update 14 October: Ballina Coast High School will reopen for staff and students on Thursday, 14 October 2021, after a member/s of the school community tested positive to...

COVID-19 update in Northern NSW

From 8 pm yesterday, 12 new cases of COVID-19 have been detected in Northern NSW. Nine cases have been identified...

Koalas and dogs

I want to thank Byron Council for including the flyer in The Echo about koalas and dogs. There is...

Charges after cars damaged in police pursuit – Coffs Harbour

Police say a man has been charged following a pursuit, where a number of cars – including an unmarked police car – were sideswiped on the Mid-North Coast yesterday.

Tom Tabart, Former Greens councillor

I can understand Cr Cameron wishing to tarnish The Greens as a prop for his long-standing desire to be mayor. But surely the current ‘Richardson’ Greens have done enough to damage the brand themselves?

As someone who served with Basil in Council I feel he is someone worth re-electing and one whose past support of The Greens has led to the common but numerically incorrect belief of Greens-majority councils.

His version of history, where Greens selected Rose Wanchup ‘to curry favour with the developer class’ is fanciful; I was there when it happened. Rose was chosen owing to her work in several conservation campaigns and, frankly, because we did not have enough starters. Clearly it was a huge mistake and Rose was ‘persuaded’ to resign from the Greens rather than choosing to defect. Selection rules were tightened after this but looking at Simon and the three blind mice, they still need work.

The current group of Greens candidates (with the exception of Cr Ndiaye) are in the mould of the Barham council, which, despite huge pressure, have largely ‘held the line’ against over-development. It would be in the interests of the Shire if Basil and the New Greens could re-establish this situation.

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