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June 18, 2024

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Greens Councillor Dr Nola Firth is running for council again

Dr Nola Firth has announced that she is again running for Tweed Shire Council in the upcoming 14 September...

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Occupiers of North Lismore buybacks report no eviction past deadline

Supporters of people occupying otherwise empty bought-back houses in North Lismore say Monday passed peacefully without any eviction attempts.

16-year-old Mullum boy summits Imja Tse

Back in 2017, nine-year-old local boy, Finn Marshall-Rosato, became the youngest Australian to trek to Everest Base Camp, unaided and carrying all his own gear. 

Youth Activities Centre holds Friend Raiser, June 20Youth Activities Centre holds Friend Raiser, June 20

Live music, a flea market, food, an art sale and a non-alcoholic bar will all be part of a free event, to be held at Byron’s Youth Activities Centre (YAC), on Thursday, June 20, from 4pm to 8pm.

Israel/Gaza

Following certain developments over the last couple of weeks, it is starkly obvious that those at the ICC in...

What is the future of Lismore? Here are some ideas for what it could be

After the devastating floods of 2022 the future of Lismore was thrown up in the air and it was time to take a long hard look at what the future of the town would be. 

Keep funky Mullum

In response to the comments of Ed Ahern in last week’s Echo. I would like to say that the...

I am a resident of more than 35 years in the Byron Shire. I have lived in many suburbs and witnessed first-hand the destructive nature of a whole-house Airbnb. The people in the continual whole house rental are not a neighbour that you can connect with, or communicate with when you have concerns about noise or inappropriate behaviour that may be disturbing to oneself or the community. I have had friends very successfully rent out a small studio, some even two studios, when they live onsite and can monitor any issues with badly behaving guests that otherwise cannot be monitored.

My suggestion is that the cap be 90 days on whole houses across the whole Shire and no cap placed on a host who is in residence. This allows people to have holiday access to a whole house for a limited time; also hosts can earn extra money from the tourist industry in a more sustainable way for the whole community. Everyone can benefit from this simple solution to a huge issue in the Byron Shire.

I see a whole-house rental as a business. Why are we allowing a business to operate in suburbia when other industries would not be allowed, either owing to noise, disturbance, or traffic issues, which also seem to be created by an excess of guests in a whole- house Airbnb?

Sharne Warren, Bangalow


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Labor announces its councillor ticket

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Volunteer groups get funding

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