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June 9, 2023

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Brunswick Heads going for Gold & Old

The village of Brunswick Heads is set to host its Old & Gold Festival tomorrow with three big fairs, entertainment and plenty of fun – come rain or shine. 

Other News

Planting trees is critical for the survival of koalas

Koalas and their health and habitat have been in the news more than ever in recent months and the word is starting to get out that they need our help.

Reconciliation and connection for brekky at Ballina Public School

National Reconciliation Week may be over but community connection efforts are to continue indefinitely at Ballina Public School, with Friday morning family breakfast a new weekly triumph.

Bring your breasts to Mullumbimby

With early detection being a key to good outcomes, women are being invited to visit the BreastScreen mobile until when it visits Mullumbimby from mid June to mid July.

Bangalow is not Kuranda

For millennia prior to the advent of rail two centuries ago, the primary motive force of terrestrial transport was...

Byron’s Yarn Up and Murwillumbah’ Kinship Festival – celebrating Reconciliation Week

The weekend celebrations across the region marked the end of Reconciliation Week.

The secret nature of the Iron Gates case

Despite a comprehensive refusal of the development application for residential development at the Iron Gates at Evans Head last year the DA is still ‘live’ in the NSW Land & Environment Court as the developer pushes back.

I would like to sincerely thank the nearly 6,000 people in our community who signed the ‘Byron Deserves Balance’ petition (online and offline) to support the 90-day cap on holiday letting in the residential areas of Byron Shire. 91.66 per cent of people who signed were local and 8.34 per cent were from other parts of NSW and other states. We had 67 people (from offline signatures) who were of no fixed address (homeless), as well as many people who had been forced to move on numerous times owing to lack of permanent rentals.

We need to get some balance back into our region, where the community can regain their power, where there aren’t streets with empty houses half the year, while the homeless – and much-needed workers – have nowhere to go. Our community and economy cannot be sustained without addressing this crisis. It is actually communities that keep places alive – those who live, work, create, volunteer, and contribute to our social capital. Regulation must be put in place so that this does not continue to happen – or, more distressingly, get even worse.

Byron has the opportunity to set a crucial precedent here. I have sent a submission to the IPC (Independent Planning Commission) and we hope they provide the NSW government with some positive recommendations to address the housing crisis here in the Shire. Then… we await the recommendations from whichever party wins the next election! Let’s hope it will address the community’s needs, rather than supporting the investor lobby group!

Liz Friend, Byron Deserves Balance

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Call to action for Evans Head over the Iron Gates development

Local community groups at Evans Head are putting out a ‘Call to Action' after being excluded from the Land and Environment Courts hearings and deliberations over the development application for Iron Gates.

Fully sick Byron skate park!

Definitely the newest, and possibly the best tourist attraction Byron has to offer, Jarjumirr Park, is a competition-level skate park that is located between the courthouse, library and Youth Activities Centre.

Hey govt! leave koalas alone! 

An Echo article about saving koalas in the Braemar State forest prompted 12-year-old Leila, from Byron Public School, to share the plight of our cute marsupial icon with her class.  

Planting trees is critical for the survival of koalas

Koalas and their health and habitat have been in the news more than ever in recent months and the word is starting to get out that they need our help.