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Thanks Frank Mills

We had lost our highway protest, but during those colourful marches we had the beginnings of a stronger sense...

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 12 October, 2021

Check out what's on at the cinema this week in Ballina and Byron

The vaxed and non-vaxed rules of the Tweed

Tweed Shire Council says that Stage 1 of the NSW Government’s roadmap for easing COVID-19 restrictions will begin today, (Monday 11 October), requiring changes to some Council operations.

Why were there no signers in the pubs?

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights have said this morning that they are significantly concerned about the press conferences held by the NSW Government on October 10 and 11 (both held in pubs) which did not have Auslan interpreters visible to viewers.

Tackling mosquitoes together in Ballina

Following its successful launch late last year, Northern Rivers councils and the North Coast Public Health Unit are once again running Tackling Mosquitoes Together, a behaviour change program to reduce the disease risks and nuisance of mosquitoes in homes and local communities.

Editorial: Clear as a muddled government

Good news! Local police will not be actively enforcing the government’s Public Health (COVID-19 General) Order 2021 when it comes to business activity – see NSW govt’s Health Order lacks clarity.

Garth Luke, Mullumbimby

Why do we always focus on adding new buildings when the conversation turns to affordable housing?

Byron Shire is full of three and four bedroom houses with only one or two bedrooms that are occupied. We are ignoring a large source of appropriate housing for people in these larger, under-occupied houses.

However, the answer is not to encourage more share housing. Few people, especially older people, would be comfortable with that. The answer is to assist home owners to separate their large house into a primary and secondary dwelling and thus make much better use of our existing housing stock. This can also be done at much lower cost and environmental impact than building a separate additional dwelling in the back yard.

This would provide more convenient and affordable housing, improve the incomes of many real estate rich but income limited home owners, reduce the cannibalisation of garden space, and help to build relationships and reduce loneliness in the Shire.

Byron Council could do a lot to make it easier for owners of larger houses to split their homes into two dwellings. This would include broad promotion of the option, providing a free design service, minimising compliance rules, expediting planning approvals and reducing Council consent fees. At the moment we are just wasting our most valuable resource in the provision of affordable housing.


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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.