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Losing town water access

I grew up and live in Mullumbimby, and I know locals have a strong opinion about the Byron Shire...

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Byron Writers Festival 2024: Bruce Pascoe Q&A

Byron Writers Festival guests Bruce Pascoe and Lyn Harwood’s book Black Duck: A Year at Yumburra is a personal and beautiful reflection on life, Country and the consequences of Dark Emu through six seasons on their farm. Here Bruce Pascoe answers some questions about the experience.

Winter Whales swim raises $34k

One of Byron Shire’s biggest yearly events – The Byron Bay Winter Whales Ocean Swim – have announced the beneficiaries of their 2024 fundraising efforts. 

Have your say on flood planning in Byron Shire

A planning instrument that guides development in floodplains is open for public comment, yet does not include the 2022 flood levels.

Losing town water access

I grew up and live in Mullumbimby, and I know locals have a strong opinion about the Byron Shire...

Tweed Council wants feedback on Crabbes Creek Community Hall upgrade

The Crabbes Creek Community Hall is heading towards. major upgrade and Tweed Shire Council is seeking community feedback on a draft concept plan for the work to make it a safer and more inclusive space for gatherings, events and activities.

Lavertys Gap history

The Lavertys Gap hydro power station was installed in 1919. In 1939, during the Great Depression, people had no...

Thank you, Garth and Sonya Brien, for your clear and insightful letter (19 October). You have worked to achieve success in your business, which is now threatened by Council’s short-term rental cap.

The short-term holiday rental issue has indeed driven a wedge in the local community, much of this fuelled by misinformation and misunderstanding.

I have lived in the Byron Shire for 20 years, and ten years ago decided to rent a room in my house to supplement my part-time casual low-paid job. It was a success and I enjoyed meeting a variety of people, all of whom visited local cafes and shops thereby generating considerable local income. 

At times I moved out of my house and camped, enabling me to rent the whole house for a total of four months. Having this extra income meant I could support myself and teenager without claiming government benefits.

The 90-day cap will reduce the capacity of many people like myself to supplement their low incomes and be able to pay high rates and other bills. 

The cap is not an effective way of increasing the number of long-term rental properties.

Pamela Sandiford, Suffolk Park


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  1. Actually Pamela, the only thing that will change for you is that if you follow the rules you will only be allowed to camp for 3 months instead of 4. The rest of the time you will be “on site hosting” and not subject to the cap. That’s my understanding.

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