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Thanks to Alison Drover for her informative article in last week’s Echo regarding the growing number of dogs in...

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Growing number of dogs

Thanks to Alison Drover for her informative article in last week’s Echo regarding the growing number of dogs in...

Make your vote count in the Council elections

I want to make my vote count, and elect a mayor and Council that actually represents local interests and...

Realistic, local agendas!

On Saturday 4 December we need to vote for people who focus on issues that can be controlled by...

Lismore Councillor candidate bios – Group E: Our Sustainable Future

The Echo asked all the Lismore Councillor candidates to send in a bio. Led by current Councillor Elly Bird, the Our Sustainable Future team is Group E.

Responsible dog owner

I read with interest Alison Drover’s article on dog management and the follow up letters last week, and I...

Last chance for tickets to Byron Shire Council Meet the Candidates forum

Today is your last chance to get tickets to tonight’s Byron Shire Meet the Candidates forum in the Byron Theatre.

Thanks to The Echo for your continued interest in Council’s proposed bioenergy facility. Council are currently finalising the development application (DA) before it goes to the Northern Regional Planning Panel (NRPP), the forum where regionally significant developments are determined.

Despite Council’s strong institutional interest in proper process, its conduct in this matter has been less than satisfactory. One example is the way the environmental impact statement (EIS) narrowly focuses on the footprint of the proposed plant, while ignoring the potential impact on the adjacent ‘award winning’ wetlands.

Community consultation is another. Byron Bird Buddies (BBB) have been contracted by Council to conduct avian species surveys at the wetlands for the past 16 years, yet we were not consulted until after the DA was publicly exhibited. Our feedback could not, therefore, inform anything substantive about the project – like choosing another, more appropriate site, one with less biodiversity value.

Council’s cynical use of developer tactics is unbecoming. Shouting ‘net zero’ is one thing, listening to the community and protecting local critical habitat is quite another.

Vicki Sloane (BBB member), Goonengerry


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Responsible dog owner

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