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Tweed Council is seeking community feedback on a draft concept plan to upgrade Budd Park at Murwillumbah, a popular meeting point beside the Tweed River.

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Mullet fishers destroy dunes and native plants at Gawandii Beach, Shaws Bay

Locals and Tuckombil Landcare have expressed concerns over damage to the dunes at Gawandii Beach at Shaws Bay by fisher people who are accessing the beach for the mullet harvesting season. 

Housing waiting lists jump over 100 per cent for Northern Rivers

Crisis response needed from NSW state government as listings for priority housing increase over 100 per cent in multiple Northern Rivers regions.

A deeper dive into plans to abandon Mullum’s local water supply

With Council seeking community input on its proposal to disconnect Mullumbimby’s local water source and instead be reliant on water supplied by Rous County Council, local Greens candidate and water engineer, Elia Hauge, has added her concerns around the lack of meaningful consultation and process.

Concerns over potential impact of piggery DA 

Plans submitted to Council earlier this year for the historic old Skinners Shoot piggery at 103 Yagers Lane have raised concerns with residents.

Addressing the recent real estate push, aided by the NSW Planning Department to up-re-market ‘the cost of housing in Byron Shire to ‘high-end’ crisp beige ‘jooshy’ standards, there is not one aspect of life that has not been negatively affected economically for the community in the Byron Shire.

I write of the stresses surrounding the environment, (eg floods) ongoing structural homelessness (mothers and children living in cars, workers/ unemployed and First Nations folk sleeping in the Dunes), developer-driven demands that flout authority with threats that defy the Local Environment Plan (LEP) and with foot stamping threats to Council that the ratepayers will pay the consequences in the Land and Environment Court if neoliberal ‘market driven’ development demands are not met.

It is not surprising that violin music, which once celebrated Beautiful Byron, has switched from a major to a minor key when a neoliberal developer came to town with a big whinge about the cost of using infrastructure in the Byron Shire. It seems that Byron is ‘more expensive than other places’. Indeed, a quick neoliberal calculation revealed that such monetary evidence has resulted in ‘market inflation’, resulting in the potential for an equivalent cup of coffee costing $160! I feel sorry for the weary councillors who all swallowed this neoliberal spin. Eyeglazed? Flood weary? They gave the developers what they wanted! Then again, someone may have dropped a ‘neolib thick-head’ pill in their coffee.

Jo Faith, Newtown


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