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

Tweed Shire Councillors have rejected a proposal by the NSW government, that would reduce the ability of local councils to collect infrastructure contributions from developers.

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Vale Aunty Dulcie Nicholls 21.19.29 – 19.09.21

There is deep sadness in the community at the passing of Arakwal elder and matriarch, Dulcie Joan Nicholls, nee Kay, who was a proud Bundjalung woman born on Country at Tallow Creek, Byron Bay, October 21, 1929.

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: We are not for sale

It seems content creators are running out of ideas to make cheap TV. It’s amazing what you can come up with when you lose your ethics! Here’s a few quick pitches: How about a show about chubby rich women trying to drop weight by living in Ethiopia with a malnourished family for six weeks? No?

NSW Regional Housing Taskforce to recommend holiday rental regulation changes

Regional Housing Taskforce Chair Garry Fielding says recommendations around short-term holiday letting regulations will feature in his report to planning minister Rob Stokes later this month.

Images released of men who robbed the Byron Bowlo

Detectives investigating the armed robbery of a licensed premises in Byron Bay earlier this year, have released CCTV images and are appealing for public information that may assist their inquiries.

Second confirmed COVID case in Lismore

Acting Chief Executive Northern NSW Local Health District, Lynne Weir says there one new case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in a resident of the Northern NSW Local Health District.

Kingscliff and Casuarina among new venues of concern

Northern NSW Local Health District has been notified of a number of new venues of concern associated with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the region. There have also been positive detection of COVID fragments at Ballina and Wardell sewage treatment plants.

Zbigniew (Sky) Wesolowski, Coorabell

I appeal to the Byron Shire Council to follow common sense, respect the law and comply with The Plan of Management for the Butler Street Recreational Reserve.

Previous generations have left us a toxic legacy of a dump. Filling up a wetland lagoon with waste, they created a hazardous time bomb.

They also left us with a sensible solution to at least contain it by creating the Reserve and laws regulating its use. There was recognition that the area cannot be paved as the ground is not stable. The soil and grass covering was to be protected, allowing only a monthly community market vehicle access and all other recreational activities being pedestrian.

Contrary to these aims, the council has permitted a weekly farmers’ market and its associated parking to operate. That stressed and killed a lot of grass. Subsequent allocation of heavy vehicle daily parking has destroyed the protective surface on most of the Reserve, creating wheel-rut depressions. The Reserve thus lost its recreational and environmental function. It destroyed the community market appeal as punters found dust or mud filled potholes instead of grass. Even playing a ball game was not possible. The market stallholders saw their rent money being thrown away with the ground swallowing more and more gravel spread by the market’s management.

Is BSC planning to remove the underground waste? Why allow activities that will destroy the grass and its roots? Is it planning to cover the Reserve with fake grass and fence it with barbed wire? I honestly would not be surprised.

Connected by a direct manmade canal to Belongil Creek, this land’s surface is critical in protecting the health of the estuary and the surrounding Cumbebin Wetland. The addition of the bypass and the bus station only increased the pressure on the wetland. A properly managed and designed monthly market on the site could help to improve its environmental and social function. It is a Goldilocks (just right) solution for the site. Opening the Reserve to more frequent vehicle use shows no fundamental understanding of how to take care of the grass and can only turn the area into a dust bowl again.


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