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Why have NSW Labor failed to hold their promised drug summit?

On budget eve the banner ‘Premier, you promised. Drug Summit Now’ was dropped cross from NSW Parliament calling on NSW Labor to set a date for the long awaited NSW Drug Summit.

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Murwillumbah’s Budd Park – what do you want to see there?

Tweed Council is seeking community feedback on a draft concept plan to upgrade Budd Park at Murwillumbah, a popular meeting point beside the Tweed River.

Byron council staff rescue injured seabird

Byron Shire Council staff say two rangers carrying out beach patrols helped rescue an injured seabird last week.

What is the future of Lismore? Here are some ideas for what it could be

After the devastating floods of 2022 the future of Lismore was thrown up in the air and it was time to take a long hard look at what the future of the town would be. 

No public housing in Labor’s $10b housing fund 

Federal Labor MP, Justine Elliot, has told The Echo she expects successful projects from the Housing Australia Future Fund (HAFF) will be announced in the coming months. 

No care at Shaws Bay

Mullet harvesting is here again and the fishermen have to access Gawandii Beach at Shaws Bay. Again, they have...

Youth Activities Centre holds Friend Raiser, June 20Youth Activities Centre holds Friend Raiser, June 20

Live music, a flea market, food, an art sale and a non-alcoholic bar will all be part of a free event, to be held at Byron’s Youth Activities Centre (YAC), on Thursday, June 20, from 4pm to 8pm.

Thanks to The Echo for reporting on page 2 last week, the vote 5/3 of Council to approve modification of a motel approval in Lawson Street. 

The original approval allowed the building to exceed the area’s height limit, but it can now go even higher. 

Councillors also approved longer operating hours and more patrons than recommended by Council staff, and they waived the restaurant’s development contribution to street parking. 

Council’s decision not only enables over-development on this property but also invites others to follow suit. 

The subheading within The Echo’s article is a bit misleading. Sarah Ndiaye is one of eight councillors and the only Green. She spoke against, and voted against, the motion which was brought on by the two Labor councillors. The heading ‘Led by Labor, Greens’ is incorrect.

If elected to the next Council, I’ll vote for sticking to planning rules and for keeping our Shire free of high-rise. By setting and sticking to clear boundaries, Council will avoid the court challenges that the councillors fear. That fear forces them to yield to all requests, so the requests just get bigger.

Duncan Dey, Green Mayoral candidat

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  1. Duncan ! You are back !

    Where have you been hiding for the past months ?

    As for you silly comment ‘ By setting and sticking to clear boundaries, Council will avoid the court challenges that the councillors fear.’ is complete rubbish , which any well read aspiring Mayor should know .

    The last time the Council did this involving , setting and sticking to clear boundaries, cost the Byron Shire and its residents $100,000.00 in costs !

    Time to disappear again , Duncan , to keep swatting up on what it takes to be an Mayor of Byron .

    PS. An invisible Campaign presence may be your best stratagy …..

  2. But how are you going fit this one be under the height limits now our Mayor Michael “a Rose by any other name” Lyons has had his way – based solely on his view of how a future court might rule. Too late, the precedent has been established. The reality is now without Mayor Michael/Rose taking expensive legal action on behalf of the council, THIS is the new height limit. And floorspace ratio. And provision of parking.


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