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May 9, 2021

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Join Clarkes Beach paddle out this weekend to stop massive oil and gas field project

Hundreds of local surfers and water-lovers will paddle out at Clarke’s Beach over the weekend to protest against a massive oil and gas field proposed for the NSW coast.

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Editorial: The beef about meat

Firstly, let me declare an interest: I have been a vegetarian for 49 years, so tasty cow parts are not high on my agenda.

The legal smoke

Paul Rea, Coorabell While Labor stopped taking donations from the tobacco industry in 2004 and the Liberals followed suit a...

Rous Chair Keith Williams looks ahead

Since the Dunoon Dam was shelved, Rous County Council has put a new draft of the Future Water Project...

Love flowers at the market

As mothers across Australia look forward to (slightly burnt) toast in bed, the local farmers and producers in our...

House? What house? Stolen car crashes into Terranora house

Police say a house in Terranora is significantly damaged thanks to a mystery thief in a stolen car crashing into it over the weekend.

Mayor’s parting gift 

Michele Grant, Ocean Shores The Mayor’s parting gift to the Bruns/Bayside Community was ushering through approval for the controversial Corso...

John Lazarus, Byron Bay

An update on proposed development of the Belongil Spit site, for the information particularly of those that were involved in the successful Club Med battle, and the subsequent community campaign, which drove down the same site’s Becton proposal to 140 tourist cabins with compensatory planting up on the golf course with Becton’s alleged one million trees. 

The outgoing mayor’s last pro-development finger up at you, is that councillors (including his ‘bulldoze-the-bush’ Greens, and former Greens, councillors faction) have sent a request to the State Government to rezone the Belongil Spit’s former golf course area for a housing development. Councillors have asked the State Government to allow Byron Council to amend the LEP to allow houses on two hectare blocks (one house per block… to start with?) under an E4 Environmental Living Zone. 

E4 Environmental Living zones are for land with special environmental or scenic values where residential development can be accommodated, but where development is to cede priority to preservation of the particular environmental qualities of the land. The proposed housing development is over the former golf course site, which is purely exotic grasslands.


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