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September 22, 2021

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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.

Other News

New Nesbitt Park mountain bike skills course in Lismore

Though Lismore is currently in lockdown, the city has inaugurated a new sporting activity in Nesbitt Park that will make residents want to enjoy outdoors as soon as possible.

Wearing drink bottles on your bum to save rainforests

Undies entrepreneur Brendan Lo doesn’t see himself as a smart arse, but his take on some old bit of wisdom is a bit cheeky.

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.

A moment of your life?

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COVID-19 updated venue of concern excludes Lismore’s Workers

The Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWLHD) have updated their list of venues of concern for the Lismore LGA.

New COVID venues of concern Lismore and Coraki

Following a second case being identified in Lismore, that is no longer in the area, several more COVID contact venues have been identified.

John Lazarus, Byron Bay

When’s a building’s fourth storey not a fourth storey? Answer: when Byron Council says it isn’t (after a developer asks them to).

A new fourth storey was approved for the bottom-of-Jonson-Street mall development, now under construction, after previous consent was given for a ten metre height, which already breached the adopted LEP’s nine metre height restriction. The height of the new roof’s ‘recreational facilities’ is approximately 12.5m high in this nine metre zone.

The Council planner’s report responded to submissions opposing the fourth storey by denying that it was a fourth storey, because ‘The rooftop recreational facilities do not constitute a fourth storey, which is defined as a space between one floor level and the floor level above’. Ah no, actually a next level higher room, with a roof over it, is defined as a next storey, and ‘the rooftop recreational facilities’, as well as a pool, have toilets and change rooms, with roofs over them, on the new fourth storey.

So you can build fourth storey rooms on a roof, but they aren’t a fourth storey – everyone clear with that? I wonder how big you can build not-fourth-storey-rooms as rooms on a fourth storey… perhaps ballroom and amphitheatre size?

A bit confused? Then perhaps the adopted planning parameters in Council’s recently adopted Byron Bay Town Centre Planning Report, can clarify the situation. That Report says, ‘A nine metre zone facilitates two storeys’. No that doesn’t help, this development is in a nine metre zone but is approximately 12.5m and has four storeys.

Perhaps it is in that Report’s ‘Adopted’ required ratio of construction/open space? No, this development has more construction space and less open space than the Report’s development restrictions. Further confused? No, you’re not really, you $ort of know what’$ going on.

Of the Councillors standing for re-election, Cr Cameron voted against, Cr Coorey, (who has conscientiously voted against the previous incremental height increases), was away, Cr Ndiaye took a ten minute break and didn’t vote (not to be seen to further support this development that she has previously voted for?), and next Council aspirants, Lyon and Martin, joined the rest of the Councillors to pass this DA. An example of their commitment to building a bright new future of ‘no rules for developers’ if re-elected.

Though perhaps they just haven’t got their head around how everything works, and were confusing storeys with stories.

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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.