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Byron Shire
September 21, 2021

Council negligence

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September 21: NNSWLHD COVID update and Byron-Tweed lockdown

The Northern NSW Local Health District held a press conference at Lismore Base Hospital this afternoon.

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BREAKING: Byron and Tweed shires go into week-long lockdown

Stay-at-home orders will be introduced for the Byron Shire, Tweed and Kempsey Local Government Areas (LGAs) from 5pm today for seven days due to an increased COVID-19 public health risk.

COVID update – sewage detection in East and South Lismore and Byron Bay

Northern NSW Local Health District is urging people in the Lismore City and Byron Bay areas to get tested for COVID-19, after fragments of the virus were detected in samples from the East Lismore, South Lismore and Byron Bay sewage treatment plants.

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.

Union wants mandatory vaccination across the board

Representatives of NSW prison officers say they are demanding mandatory vaccinations be adopted across the NSW justice system, with the union saying inmates who refuse the jab should face the same public health restrictions unvaccinated members of the public do.

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Jim Mangleson, Ocean Shores

Interesting article by Steve Hansen regarding artificial reefs for Byron’s erosion problem (Echo, 21 July).

He mentions historical charts and photos of Byron Bay but neglected to mention the closure of many natural major creeks and outlets shown in them, which have been artificially closed.

Those historical creek outlets, apart from reducing flooding, also provided huge amounts of sand to renourish the beaches. That sand is now silting our rivers, creeks and waterways and causing unnecessary flooding.

Consecutive Council committees have failed in their duty of care to correct these man-made obstructions causing flooding and coastal erosion.

Byron Council is the only council in the world that ordered the closing of one of these outlets and has minuted (27 July, 1976) the acceptance of the liability for the increase in flooding behind that outlet.

Byron Council is the only council that has built a Community Hall in the path of one of these closed outlets. The blocking of Marshalls Creek by the Public Works Department is acknowledged by them as a major cause of the destruction of Sheltering Palms in the late 1960s.

While the erosion is of major concern, sand bags or artificial reefs will never fix the flooding and erosion of our beaches caused by Council negligence.

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Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 22 September, 2021

Please check, at the end of lockdown to see whats on.

Speech pathology student numbers soar at SCU

The number of domestic applications for the undergraduate speech pathology course at Southern Cross University have increased 79 per cent compared to the same time last year.

BREAKING: Byron and Tweed shires go into week-long lockdown

Stay-at-home orders will be introduced for the Byron Shire, Tweed and Kempsey Local Government Areas (LGAs) from 5pm today for seven days due to an increased COVID-19 public health risk.

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.