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October 22, 2021

What makes a councillor?

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Charges laid after police pursuit at Murwillumbah

Officers from Tweed/Byron Police District have been investigating several incidents of stolen motor vehicles from within the Kingscliff area over the past month.

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Let’s get real

AFL Aussie Rules Grand Final in Western Australia... Rugby League Grand Final in Queensland... Melbourne Cup in Tasmania?    Margaret Keating,...

XR plans two weeks of ‘Reclaim our Future’ protests

Extinction Rebellion Lismore is part of the Northern Rivers push to highlight the issue of climate change and a march and candlelit vigil last night was the start to a fortnight of ‘Reclaim Our Future’ protests.

Northern NSW urged to stay vigilant ahead of severe weather

With the prediction for off-shore winds and an off-shore low in the north of the State this week, the Bureau of Meteorology has advised that storms may be on the way over the next few days.

After a long, arduous and uninformed debate… Saddle Road DA approved

Councillors finally ‘got there in the end’, interim Mayor, Michael Lyon, told an exhausted audience after many hours of confused meandering at last Thursday’s Council meeting.

Epiq sporting facilities ready for summer

Lennox Head’s Clarence Property has just handed over to Ballina Shire Council the newly constructed Community & Sports Amenities Building, at the sports fields opposite Epiq Marketplace, off Hutley Drive.

Anti-DV umbrellas launched in Ballina

Rotary have partnered with NSW Police to design and distribute 150 umbrellas with a very clear message: 'Say NO to domestic violence'.

Making decisions as a councillor is an important and serious job. The decisions that are made have a real impact on our community, our local environment and Council finances.

It is an essential part of the job of being a councillor that all decisions you make are only after you have seen all the information, received advice from Council staff and experts – and questioned that advice, considered financial and legal implications, and heard from the people proposing change, and from those who have concerns with it.

It is part of the Byron Shire code of conduct that councillors must make decisions with ‘all relevant facts’ and with ‘regard to the particular merits in each case’.

Anyone, including the editor of The Echo, who demands to know how I would vote on any particular decision is asking for something that is not possible for me to do without actually being on Council, particularly if I am to take the job seriously and adhere to the councillor code of conduct.

I would hope that current councillors also take into account the opinions of fellow councillors, discuss options and, at times, compromise to bring together the various, sometimes conflicting, desires of our community.

All decisions I make will be consistent with my strong record of protecting and enhancing our environment, whether it be taking action on climate change, campaigning to stop inappropriate developments like West Byron, or maintaining the three-storey height limits in the Byron CBD.

Voters beware any candidate that says Council decisions are easy, or black and white, they are taking you for a ride. I can only hope that by being honest about how I see the role of councillor it can encourage some honest discussions about difficult decisions.

Asren Pugh, Candidate Byron Shire Mayor, Bangalow


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#BigBadBiomass – protesters reject burning trees for energy

North East Forest Alliance (NEFA) and the NSW Forest Defenders have thrown their support behind the protests against the burning of Biomass to generate electricity across Australia ahead of the Glasgow Climate Change Conference (COP) 26.

Call to reject Evans Head Iron Gates DA over failure to recognise Indigenous heritage

Evans Head locals call for rejection of Iron Gates DA and recognition of the national significance of the site and its incorporation into the Broadwater National Park.

Chainsaw accident Ewingsdale

A 44-year-old arborist suffered a serious lower leg injury following a chainsaw accident at a Ewingsdale property yesterday.

New COVID cases in Ballina and Clarence Valley

Two new cases of COVID-19 have been reported for Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWHD) in the 24 hours to 8pm 19 October.