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Byron Shire
February 2, 2023

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Food prices are up, and so is…

I was shocked to see the cost of local bread I buy in Mullumbimby had risen 40 per cent. That particular loaf is becoming a luxury item.

Other News

Abouchar honoured with Order of Australia

The new head of the Byron Community College (BCC), Chantal Abouchar, has been awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for her contributions to business and the media.

Duck Creek Mountain Bike Park reopens

Just off the road between Alstonville and Ballina, the spectacular Duck Creek Mountain Bike Park has re-opened, bigger and better, after an injection of funding and lots of hard work from dedicated volunteers.

Local MP mute over PM diary secrecy

Local federal Labor MP, Justine Elliot, has declined to comment on why her government are refusing to provide the diary of Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese, as a public document. 

Mother and Daughter Stop Logging in Yarratt Forest

Two women who grew up in the Manning Valley are currently suspended from trees with  ropes connected to, and stopping, logging in Yarratt Forest north of Taree.

Greyhound nightmare

Has the greyhound racing industry no shame? The Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) has condemned an invasive and painful greyhound breeding...

Trove runs out of funding in June. How will the loss of the service affect Australian and Pacific research?

Most of Trove’s 22 million annual page visits come from members of the public: family historians, students, and general browsers interested in the six billion records it houses. But over the past 14 years, the archive has also become a crucial resource for academic work.

The actions of the Byron Shire Director of Infrastructure toward some members of the Water, Waste & Sewer Advisory Committee (WWSAC) need to be exposed.

The WWSAC actually had the audacity to vote against a recommendation from Water & Recycling staff at their previous meeting. The Director of Infrastructure then placed on the elected Council’s meeting agenda 24 September 2021 that the elected Council reject the WWSAC’s recommendation and for the councillors to endorse the Water & Recycling staff’s recommendation.

What is the message the Director of Infrastructure is sending? It seems to be that even if the learned people on the WWSAC make a responsible recommendation he is willing to have it removed.

The Head Design Engineer employed by BSC in W&R has informed the committee members that he will not be communicating directly with them and that any questions they have should be sent to the Utility Manager.

How is an employee of Council employed in a position like this allowed to refuse to consult with a committee he actually sits on? This person who is employed by BSC should not be able to remove themselves from answering questions by committee members trying to make informed recommendations to the elected Council.

The Director of Infrastructure and the Design Engineer have endorsed that the inflow /infiltration (I/I) problem in Mullumbimby has been solved by a contractor relining the gravity mains. I wonder about the accuracy of this when, after the relining was completed, the inflow figures into Brunswick Valley during heavy rain events reached fifteen times dry weather flow.

Can the Director of Infrastructure release what was the total expenditure for supposedly solving this problem?

Alan Dickens, Brunswick Heads


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  1. WHERE does the line of Authority and Transparency legally reside in NSW State and Local Politics ? Where does Public Interest also reside in this every changing dynamic in Local Councils, notably Byron Shire Council?

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