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March 31, 2023

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Is polluting a lake in a national park to support new housing ok?

From Byron Bay to Evans Head to Casino the questions about how we deal with what is politely termed ‘effluent’, and how that may or may not destroy our local environment, demand real and urgent answers.

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NEFA welcomes the election of a new government

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Ballina council contractor debt waived after company goes bust

The Ballina Shire Council has voted to write off debt owed by a failed private company initially hired to develop six industrial lots six years ago.

Helping our elders on April Falls Day

April Falls Month is an annual campaign to raise awareness about the impact of falls and to promote the latest best practice fall prevention strategies. The overall campaign goal is to get active and improve balance for fall prevention.

Byron Council staff push for Mullum’s water supply to become part of Rous

A committee that makes recommendations to Council around water and sewage management in the Shire is calling for Mullum’s water supply to remain at Lavertys Gap weir in Wilsons Creek.

Will Provest win the Tweed seat over Elliot?

It appears that Tweed MP Geoff Provest will retain the seat of Tweed but there are still plenty of votes to be counted.

Byron Shire Council’s plan to impose a 90-day cap on un-hosted short-term holiday letting across much of the Shire will be examined by the Independent Planning Commission during a three-day public hearing this week.

The three-day hearing, held at the Byron Community Centre from February 21–23, will give stakeholders on both sides of the holiday letting debate the chance to put their cases to the commission.

‘Councils and communities around NSW and Australia are watching this with a lot of interest because the problems in the Byron Shire are now playing out in their towns as well,’ Mayor Michael Lyon said. ‘Like us, they want a measure of control to ensure that the broader housing needs of their communities are met, so that key workers have places to live’. 

The short-term holiday letting industry says that imposing a 90-day cap would ‘remove the families who stay in holiday homes in the Byron Shire’, thus removing ‘$267 million from the local economy’ and jeopardising ‘1,448 local jobs’.

It also asserts that Council has grossly exaggerated the figures in relation to the pervasiveness of short-term holiday letting in the Byron Shire, arguing that just 6.5 per cent of the Shire’s housing stock is short-term holiday letting.

Byron Council says these figures are false and a misrepresentation of the facts. Visit www.ipcn.nsw.gov.au for more info.

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