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First Byron Shire Council meeting postponed

Byron Shire Council’s first meeting of newly minted councillors was to take place today, 20 January, however, the storm of COVID-19 that is taking place across the country led to it being postponed.

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Carjacking in Ocean Shores, warrants issued

A young Ocean Shores man and his friends were recently held captive at knife-point and driven to Coolamon Scenic Drive by two young men before they escaped unharmed.

Food for thought?

‘The fundamental cause of the trouble,’ he wrote, ‘is that in the modern world, the stupid are cocksure while...

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Emergency response for our emergency responders

We need our nurses. Right now, they are the most important workforce in the country. Not politicians or real estate agents or tradies or miners. Nurses. Paramedics. Hospital doctors.

Hospitals under strain

With ever increasing pressure on health services across the nation and locally, how are health staff coping – and are there enough ICU beds and ventilators to cope with the ongoing surge in COVID-19 cases?

The PM’s report from the National Cabinet meeting yesterday

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has released a media statement about the meeting yesterday of the National Cabinet.

Bioenergy precaution

The notion of ‘Green Energy’ has recently excited business investors and no doubt the public. We need positive solutions...

The housing crisis in Byron Bay, and Australia in general, is urgent. There is no easy fix. Too many people are benefiting from high property prices. Too many politicians won’t make unpopular laws. However, a long-term approach might be less painful to existing property owners and politicians alike.

What if all future residential property purchases, say after 2023, were subject to new rules and laws, then the housing crisis might gradually abate. Possible changes might include;

1) Airbnb properties must have the owner living full time on the premises.

2) Capital gains tax discount of 50 per cent to be abolished for residential property.

3) One year occupancy rule to be extended to five years.

4) The value of the family home to be included in the assets test for pension calculation.

Existing properties would be exempt.

These (and other) changes would gradually undermine residential property as the premier investment class in Australia. Residential property would revert to its proper role; a place to live, not a place to become rich.

Tom Newton, Skennars Head


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