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February 9, 2023


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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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Perrottet’s election gamble on cashless pokies

It would appear ClubsNSW is not having a good year, and today’s announcement that the NSW government has proposed a gambling reform policy that would ensure all poker machines in the state become cashless by 2028 hasn't made it any better.

Tributes for songstress Sara Tindley

Hundreds gathered at a small rural property at Lindendale last week to say their final farewells to Sara Tindley, a very much loved personality from the Northern Rivers. 

Celebrating LOVE

The Paddock Project is hosting a (pre) Valentine’s Day picnic at the home of the giant LOVE sign that welcomes everyone to Mullumbimby. The LOVE sign has set the tone for all visitors and locals who pass by on their way into town and has probably been the most photographed local influencer for the past three years

Bluesfest performer’s triple GRAMMY win

Regular Byron Bluesfest performer Bonnie Raitt look out three gongs at yesterday's GRAMMY awards, bringing her a total of 13 across the span of her career.

Lismore Thistles launch youth player academy

Former Northern NSW Coach of the Year, Chris Layland, has joined the Lismore Thistles Soccer Club to help foster...

Local libraries get ByteWise about science

A National Science and Technology Centre program, ByteWise is a revolving showcase of 24 interactive exhibitions that will be touring the Northern Rivers for the next three months.

Regarding the Byron Shire Council flying fox camp management plan. I am sure your [Byron Council] committee is fully aware of the enormous problems that plagued Sydney’s Botanical Gardens where the flying fox ‘vandals’ were intent in demolishing the coveted area. The government, according to ‘Google’ spent $1M to move the ‘camp’ on, and are making sure it doesn’t return by spending $50,000 annually.

I am sure you will be aware of the following comments, but I would still like you and your committee to read them: 

Flying foxes destroy their ‘camp’ sites and the surrounding area, including people’s homes, recreation areas, shopping centres, motor vehicles, schools etc (just to mention a few areas: Bellingen, Maclean, Glenreagh Park, Singleton).

Byron Shire ‘boasts’ a total of nearly 17,000 bats in only three camps at this stage. 

The question has been asked and not answered, ‘what percentage of pollination do the flying foxes carry out? They are not the only bird or animal helping to propagate nature but I venture to say they are the only ones who destroy the environment.

It appears to me that these ‘mollycoddled’ animals are destroying many areas, and in return are being pampered and allowed to carry on unimpeded. 

If the Botanical Gardens in Sydney are protected, why can’t Bellingen, Maclean, Glenreagh Park and hudrends of similar communities receive help to ‘resettle’ flying foxes away from regional areas. 

The suggestions of installing double-glazed windows, insulation, air conditioning, covers over vehicles, parking areas, school playgrounds and outside areas of homes is ‘pie in the sky’. The cost would be huge and no doubt will be picked up by Council. What a joke. My suggestion is to duplicate the Botanical Gardens Sydney and move these vandals on. 

Malcolm Murray, Mullumbimby

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  1. We gubbas are the ‘vandals’ who have systematically destroyed almost all of bats’ natural rainforest habitat. Now some still want to finish off the job. Comparisons with treatment of other native inhabitants are hard to avoid.

  2. The main problem with ‘fruit bats” is that they are fully protected animals.
    The fact that their numbers proliferate to pest levels is beside this legal point.
    Community plans to encourage them to roost somewhere else + further from homes/ infrastructure etc., are usually far too late to be effective. Once a ‘camp’ has been established it will normally continue ‘ad infinitum’.
    One look at the scarred Bi-Centennial Reserve at Maclean or Booyong NR will quickly show the fact that considerable environmental damage occurs by over-use. This destruction is also to the detriment of the bats, as fatalities from over-heating due to their canopy and branch damage will occur.
    Recently the local sub-tropical fruit industry has become fully pest-netted (at considerable cost and continuing inconvenience), so it’s possible that bat numbers may slowly decline or else move South for easier access to food-crops to try and maintain their breeding numbers.
    This could hopefully slowly & naturally lead to fewer peripheral camps being established away from traditional roosts, with the bonus of fewer unwanted interactions with our local suffering communities in future.
    The Sydney Botanical Gardens case seems to support that less food on the FNC is leading to changes with bat colonies moving Southward, due to less access to local agricultural fruit supplies.


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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.