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December 1, 2023

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A racial slur or a just a tree name?

Changing the name of a local street because it is derived from a racist slur might seem a simple decision at first glance. 

Other News

Eltham Hotel, noise complaints and cancelled shows

Balancing the needs of a diverse community is always a challenge but it is one that owners of the Eltham Hotel Matt Rabbidge and Luke Sullivan, just 15 minutes from Lismore, are determined to do following complaints about loud music at the pub. 

Koalas losers in legal fight; their forests to be denuded

Since July, legal action has stopped the Forestry Corporation logging nationally important koala habitat in Braemar and Myrtle State Forests, south of Casino. However, logging can now resume despite evidence of significant impacts on koalas. 

Front runners emerge in Coastal Cricket league

Byron Bay second-grade cricketers continued their winning streak last Saturday and are now just two competition points off the...

Byron Council dependent on government grants for survival, audit shows

Byron Council continues to rely heavily on State and Federal Government grants for its financial sustainability, a financial audit has shown.

Solo exhibition by Judi Reynolds-Baxter

A solo exhibition of works by international and local artist Judi Reynolds-Baxter will be held at the Byron Bay Service Club this Saturday to raise funds for the Middle Earth Gardens Animal Sanctuary at Ewingsdale. There will be art for sale, monster raffles and a performance by percussion vocal group, Agapanthus.

Dr Heyning recognised with award

Congrats to Dr Marc Heyning, of Brunswick Heads Medical Centre, who is one of three Australia-wide recipients of the Australian Rural and Remote College’s Distinguished Service Award 2023.

Last week my breakfast reverie was interrupted by the sound of chainsaws close by. Looking out I saw a team of men in hi-vis jackets, two of whom had jumped the boundary fence to access my paddock and were cutting down a tree I’d planted a decade earlier. This was one of dozens of native habitat trees I’d planted over the years and which were now reaching the stage where all kinds of wildlife were returning and setting up home.

By the time I was able to have the chainsaws and chipper turned off, my eucalyptus was reduced to a sad broken stump and a pile of woodchips (unchipped it would have at least made wonderful firewood for next winter’s heating). The hi-vis guys informed me that they were contractors to Essential Energy and had authorisation to remove the tree, and that I would’ve received notification. No, didn’t happen. And no, they can’t just come onto private property unannounced.

The Essential Energy website tells me I can expect at least four days’ notice of vegetation management, but on the last two occasions I’ve received nothing. I understand the need to keep trees clear of powerlines but this kind of heavy-handed approach does nothing to engender cooperation from landowners. I would have thought that someone might have had the courtesy to at least knock on my door as the house is close by and clearly visible, to discuss the various options (trim/remove) with me. Oh, and I’m still waiting for the promised call from the contractor’s representative to discuss the matter!

Ross McGregor, Newrybar

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  1. If you plant trees on an easement, expect them to be cut down. You only have partial control of that land. However, depending on the terms of the contract, they mostly likely are required to take all reasonable steps to contact you first. You need to obtain a copy of the original agreement. This situation maybe actionable.


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