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June 1, 2023

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Tweed Council to start nappy rebate scheme but defer Cudgen Creek Masterplan

The last Tweed Shire Council meeting saw the Reusable Nappy Rebate Scheme adopted by councillors, the rail trail impacts...

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Will Byron kids help to regenerate public land?

Byron school students could take part in regular community tree plantings on land owned by Byron Council as a way of learning about bush regeneration and acting on climate change.

Call to recognise value of wetlands and stop developing floodplains

The clearing of the flood prone development site at 60 Tringa Street, Tweed Heads appears to have been completed by developers MAAS Group Holdings who then pulled out from the site on 24 April. 

What about the young peeps?

The Byron Shire is a popular place to live, and a sought after tourist destination, however it lacks infrastructure to accommodate young people. 

Interview with Akmal Saleh

The Byron Comedy Festival is on this weekend with the event closing out with Akmal Saleh’s third show, proving...

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Asking for what you want

As a performer for over 30 years who has sat crammed next to toilet rolls in a supply room, dealt with dirty undies in the manager’s office and sat in a cold concrete outdoor space under a tarp in cyclonic conditions, I understand that when you crack the big time you might pull a few diva requests.

Local know-how not enough to take NSW Mid-Amatuer golf tournament

Local golfers, David Calvert and Mat Crandell, have finished third and fourth in the 2023 Srixon NSW Mid-Amateur held...

Every time I’ve set foot in Byron’s Mitre 10 over the last twenty years I’ve been treated to a masterclass in service. Richard, Tim, Kim, Dave… it’s a long list of knowledgeable, dedicated, user-friendly staff who were eager to understand my problem, to workshop it, and then offer products to make a solution happen. As a sole trader and handyman I can’t stress enough how invaluable that service has been to my operation.

Given much of my work has been on the Suffolk side of Byron, the positioning of that store has been gold in that I rarely had to battle with the Ewingsdale Road shitfight. Sadly, the loss of Mitre 10, combined with an already unworkable Byron industrial estate, combined with the abhorrent development that is West Byron, will necessarily send many of us to Ballina’s industrial estate; a tribute to good town planning.

Whilst lamenting the upcoming, forced passing of Mitre 10, an integral part of this town’s fabric, it made me think of our beloved corporations, and their uncanny knack of decimating good service. Some time ago I needed to buy some seafood from Woollies. Whilst pointing to a product on display, I said to the young dude serving me, ‘Hey mate, where’s that fish from?’, to which he replied, ‘From the freezer out the back’. It was certainly comforting to know that the fish had been frozen, but I was none the wiser as to whether it had been caught in Ballina or Brazil, unlike fish-shop-Freckle who could tell you the name, address and sexual orientation of every fish in his shop.

So to James, Lisa and all your fabulous staff, a massive thank you for what you have done for myself, and for many, many others in this town. All the best for your future. Maybe you could take over the fish department in Woollies?

Mick Malloy, Suffolk Park

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