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Iron Gates development in Evans Head land owners go into administration – again

The Iron Gates development, that is on flood- and fire-prone land near Evans Head, has been fought by the community for over 30 years. The current company that owns the site, Goldcoral Pty Ltd whose director is Graeme Ingles, has now been placed into administration.

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Teenage boys extorted over sexually explicit images

In the lead-up to tomorrow's Safer Internet Day the Kids Helpline is highlighting the concerning trend of overseas criminal syndicates preying on Australian children, particularly teenage boys, by extorting money from them after deceiving them to send sexually explicit images over instant messaging platforms.

Far North Coast branch of NSW Farmers launches

The new NSW Farmers Far North Coast Branch, that will be representing farmers from the Tweed and Byron Shires, launched yesterday.

Protesters stop logging at Doubleduke

The latest in a series of actions to save trees and habitat, native forest logging has been halted this morning by protests in Doubleduke state forest, between Grafton and Casino.

Athlete wins Ballina Sports Achievement Award

Sixteen-year-old Alexander Crimmins from Lennox Head has had a passion for athletics since the young age of eight and...

Flood rebuilds hampered by ‘like-for-like’ insurance clause

Attempts by flood-affected homeowners to retrofit their homes with flood-resilient materials are being cruelled by insurance companies and builders, a local resident says.

Choose your own (piano) adventure

The audience ‘chooses its own musical adventure’ determining the playlist from a selection of works by composers ranging from J. S. Bach, Frederic Chopin and Claude Debussy to George Gershwin, Bill Evans – and more. A list of musical choices will be made available on the day, and audience members can submit their choices via their phone.

Victims of Holiday Letting (VOHL) have read all the documents provided on the Independent Planning Commission website, for the inquiry into Byron Council’s planning proposal for a 90-day cap in certain residential areas for STRA.

Four documents are of particular interest. On 25 October, 2022, Colin Hussey sent a letter to Anthony Roberts, the planning minister. Mr Hussey signed his letter as ‘Chair of the Australian Short Term Rental Association Byron and CEO of A Perfect Stay’.

There were two attachments to Mr Hussey’s letter. They were letters of support, for Mr Hussey’s lobbying to the minister, from councillors Mark Swivel and Alan Hunter. These two councillors owe an explanation to the community about why they provided these letters to Mr Hussey, rather than sending them directly to the minister. As one VOHL member said, ‘it seems like a favour for a mate’.

Mr Hussey stated to the minister that any caps are ‘unenforceable’. This statement appears to be an invitation for holiday-let owners and managers to break the law. Mr Hussey, is there any STRA in Byron Shire that is breaching the current shire-wide 180-day cap that you wish to retain?

The fourth letter of interest is from an employee of A Perfect Stay to the minister, dated 7 December 2022. Ms Workman states in her letter ‘Tourism Research Australia and ABS data that was commissioned ($267m removed each year from the local economy and 1,448 jobs at stake)’. Tourism Research Australia denied undertaking any such research Echo October 12, 2022). Why is Ms Workman persisting with this fabrication?

Doug Luke, Coordinator VOHL


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Far North Coast branch of NSW Farmers launches

The new NSW Farmers Far North Coast Branch, that will be representing farmers from the Tweed and Byron Shires, launched yesterday.

New Lismore refugee support group starting up

A local group from the Lismore area, the Lismore Region Refugee Settlement (LRRS), have come together to support refugees settling in the area. 

A tribute for Richard Moloney

Byron Shire has lost another of its colourful characters, the irrepressible Richard Moloney, who died suddenly but peacefully in his home at the end of January.

Flood rebuilds hampered by ‘like-for-like’ insurance clause

Attempts by flood-affected homeowners to retrofit their homes with flood-resilient materials are being cruelled by insurance companies and builders, a local resident says.