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September 23, 2021

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Tweed Council says ‘No’ to State government taking their developer income

The proposal to reduce the ability of local councils to collect money from developers to support their infrastructure by the NSW State government has been rejected by Tweed Shire Council.

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Local mum features in documentary about the impacts and possible solutions around suicide

Murwillumbah mum Ursula has lived every parents worst nightmare – her child, at the age of just 17, took his own life – and a lot of time and energy, questions and conjecture and finger-pointing can rumble around this, but at the end of the day Ursula’s precious boy is gone and he’s not coming back.

Ballina charity ball to raise funds for men’s mental health

Locals will have the chance to support local men with their mental health when the Night of Hope Charity Ball takes place in Ballina on October Ball.

Long COVID and the science, so far…

Increasing COVID-19 vaccination rates as quickly as possible is currently a major focus for Australia.

Planning staff back Wilsons Creek DA, residents’ concerns downplayed

Residents living near a proposed 15-lot housing development in Wilsons Creek say it will negatively impact a precious wildlife corridor on the site, exacerbate traffic safety problems on the surrounding roads, and damage the peaceful character of their quiet enclave.

How is RT-PCR used to diagnose COVID-19?

It’s fast, reliable and full of lines – but might look different to the PCR you learned about in school.

Mighty energetic greens

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Raphael Lee Cass, Byron Bay

I left Bondi in 2013 to escape the steel cranes sprouting out of the demolished 1930s homes, to settle in quiet, natural Sunrise in Byron. The sounds of the sea and birds only to be heard in the early morning and evening. Early morning now brings the sounds of the tradies.

The Bondi developers have birthed a bunch of hipsters that are invading Byron. Building heights and floor/space ratios are not something to stick to; they are there to argue about. The term ‘boarding house’ has been redefined from a large building with five bedrooms where tenants shared the kitchen, bathroom and lounge amenities – to undersized apartments in buildings with tiny rooms and facilities with the provisional objective of low-cost rental. But it doesn’t look like low-cost rental to me.

In 2002 I unsuccessfully offered $1.4m (with three other couples) on a block of flats in Bondi. Unsuccessfully because the agent told us we were competing with Kerry Packer who had already proffered $1.9m for the units. They were to be in a NINE TV program about four couples renovating them for a prize. They managed to do cheap DIY renovations, got their five minutes of fame and disappeared. It made a lot of money for NINE and they’ve had about 12 shows in the series.

NINE owns major newspaper and media platforms and wants to make money in Byron. They are looking to buy five houses in Sunrise Boulevard. I belive it’s true because if you ask the neighbours there, they will say, ‘No comment’!

Dorothy May, who spoke to The Echo last week, is well placed to be complaining, if that’s the case. She will have tradies in the five houses next to hers for all hours, every day, for months. The ‘stars’ will do only so much in TV time and the builders will do the skilled work later.

Advice to homeowners: if you are going to sell to NINE, ask for double the current value of your home. Not the puny circa 2002 $500,000-above-market-value. They can afford it.


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