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June 20, 2024

Congrats councillors – can you follow through?

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Murwillumbah Hospital celebrates 120 years

A community campaign for a hospital in Murwillumbah led, in 1899, to two committees and a Board of Trustees being formed, and the selection of a 15-acre site. The hospital itself opened in May 1904.

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Byron Council candidates jostle for position

It was the type of motion that comes up at Byron Council quite regularly – a broad, uncontroversial political statement that is unlikely to make a difference in the grand scheme of things. 

Mullum phone tower

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The stuff of stars

Australia’s favourite gathering of astronomers, space enthusiasts and science-forward friends is finally back again in 2024. The organisers are bringing back many of the speakers they had planned before the pandemic cancelled the last event.

Occupiers of North Lismore buybacks report no eviction past deadline

Supporters of people occupying otherwise empty bought-back houses in North Lismore say Monday passed peacefully without any eviction attempts.

The danger years for food allergies

A University of Queensland project aims to make the teenage years safer for Australian children diagnosed with life-threatening food allergies. 

Byron business perspectives in a tough winter 

Having traded in Byron Bay for 47 years, Skallyrags owner, Rob Bass, said he’s never seen a winter like this one.

Geoffrey Cotton, Clunes

Byron Councillors must be congratulated on their newfound concern to protect high-value agricultural land from inappropriate non-farm uses, especially those resulting in residential spread and events-based activities (May 19).

Let’s hope our councillors maintain their new stance beyond the forthcoming elections, and extend it to the creeping cancer that is inappropriate Multiple Occupancy (MO) and Community Title (CT) development.

These same Councillors (except Crs Coorey and Cameron) rubber-stamped the approval of a ‘fake news’ MO development on a working macadamia farm at 147 Federal Drive, Eureka just two years ago. And yes, opponents made it quite clear to these councillors that the proposed MO would alienate a large area of state-significant farmland, contravening then-existing State and Council strategies and policies.

This welcome zeal to protect farmland appears not to have filtered down into the planning decisions made recently by Council staff. Just two months ago, Council’s planning staff approved the conversion of this same approved (but never built) ‘fake news’ MO development at 149 Federal Drive, Eureka, to Community Title.

This latest planning approval will see the development of an additional 14 residential lots on the existing macadamia farm, and (if Council enforces its own relevant planning requirements relating to buffer zones, which it seems unwilling to do) will likely result in up to 70 hectares being removed from high-value commercial agricultural production forever. How’s that for ‘protecting farmland’?

Is it asking too much to expect councillors and Council staff to act consistently, and to act in accordance with state and local requirements? Think about this when voting for change in September.

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  1. Worth noting that quite a lot of the people you’re referring to aren’t running this time. It’ll be widely a bunch of fresh faces.


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