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July 5, 2022

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Taqueria in Byron celebrates four years

Chupacabra Mexican restaurant in Suffolk Park is turning four this week! Through the ups and downs of the past...

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It’s plastic free July!

Did you know that plastic packaging and single-use plastic items make up 60 per cent of all litter in NSW?

Australia Anti-Nuclear Delegation

We are delighted to share the news that Australia will attend the first Meeting of State Parties to the...

Australia to light the way with industrial-scale power

Big ideas are easy. Finding the big money and big names to back them is not. But a long-term plan to turn WA’s Pilbara into the largest renewable energy hub in the world has just taken a giant leap forward.

Teen missing from Coffs Harbour

NSW Police are appealing for public assistance to locate a teenager missing in the Coffs Harbour area.

Community members needed for health advisory groups

Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWLHD) is seeking expressions of interest from community members to join health advisory groups.

Stone & Wood’s Brewery Festival Returns

Stone & Wood are opening the gates to their Murwillumbah brewery with the return of their ‘Murbah Open Day’,...

It was great to see Paul McCarthy and BE Crowle standing up for compliant development in our Shire (Letters, 25 May). For too long, Council has waved through developments that breach the LEP (Local Environment Plan), DCP (Development Control Plan) and relevant State legislation, including SEPP 65 (State Environment Planning Policy).

Along with obvious height breaches, these developments also fail in terms of floor space ratios, site coverage, open communal space and deep planting (basically trees in the ground rather than pots). Not just out-of-character buildings, but ever-increasing load on the drainage system and less ground to soak up water.

More concrete, higher buildings, more units that the developer can sell (even when, during community consultation, they claim they’ll be a long-term owner and provide affordable accommodation), less natural light, less green space to naturally cool the area, less Byron Bay and more Gold Coast. Whether the developer lives in Byron, Broadbeach or Balmoral doesn’t change the outcomes for our community.

Watch for the DA (development application) on the Secret Garden opposite Mercato, amongst others. Will the new Council stand up for their own rules and their community, or will it roll over again? Either way, more community voices are needed to stop further inappropriate development.

Paul Cholakos, Montecollum

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