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January 20, 2022

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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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1,114 cases of COVID-19 in the Northern Rivers in last 24 hours

The Northern NSW Local Health District say that to 8pm yesterday, January 17, there were confirmed 1,114 new PCR cases of COVID-19.

Ocean Shores DA threat to biodiversity, say residents

A proposal to subdivide one lot (2,097m2) into three lots, and build two dwellings and three secondary dwellings, in densly forested riparian land in North Ocean Shores would create ‘Gold-Coast-style overdevelopment’, say residents.

Bungawalbin primitive bush camp: death by a thousand cuts

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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.

Lismore’s Australia Day Ambassadors

Ahead of the Australia Day celebrations Olympians Kaarle McCulloch and Kevin Chavez have been announced as Lismore’s 2022 Australia Day Ambassadors.

Entertainment in the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning 19 January, 2022

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One of the nicest things to come out of the competitive lead-up to the Council elections has been conversations amongst candidates and their various representatives outside the Shire’s two pre-poll booths. Between voter visits, we discussed all sorts of Council issues.

I talked with a couple, who live in downtown Byron, about creating a permanent Shire-wide Flood Committee, in lieu of the single-catchment committees that disappear once their Floodplain Plan is complete. We can review flooding in the CBD and formulate actions to minimise damage in future floods. These actions would include connecting residents and shop owners, and connecting them to the lead agency State Emergency Services. And Council now has its emergency website running, to support communications.

I spoke with Bruce Clarke about how we can better treat Council’s suppliers and tenderers. Staff deal with them (not Councillors) but we could have a policy on how Council deals with people outside its corridors. It could have a chapter on suppliers and tenderers. And another on DA applicants and DA objectors.

I spoke with a tourism expert about how we can flavour tourism towards wellness, health, music, arts, culture and our food industries, as well as the beach. We can promote visitation that we want and make tourism work for us.

Three mayoral candidates heard from a voter whose daughters each had DAs with Council for most of 2021. I already plan to reintroduce the Fast Lane system that Council once had for DAs. Asren talked about triaging – working out which lane each DA would go to.

Let’s make these things happen, and many more. These are just examples. The principle, however, is to hear community, to create channels for their voices, and to retain existing channels like Council’s Advisory Committees and the Roundtables that connect with the Shire’s Chambers of Commerce and Progress Associations.

Duncan Dey, Main Arm


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3 COMMENTS

    • The Tweed is not a fast track. They are talking 12 months or more to get it done. Everyone knows the faster a project is done the less it costs.

      • The Tweed project contractors are implementing an $11.6 million design. They are working at the optimum speed for the available resources. A faster project isn’t always done at less cost. In fact often quite the opposite.

        It has taken many years for Tweed to reach this point because it has had to be at the cutting edge of getting this stuff through the parliament. Byron hasn’t done anything towards a trail but they will be able to take advantage of the the way that has been paved by Tweed.

        They just need to start. Fortunately it appears the tide has begun to turn with Michael Lyon’s team saying they will give it another twelve months for the railway to be funded then get on with the rail trail, joining with Mark Swivel and Asren Pugh who already know the railway is a folly. Maybe even the Greens and Cate Coorey will reconsider their position but it won’t really matter.

        By then the Tweed trail will be operational and the people of Byron will be able to see the reality.

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