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September 26, 2023

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Cinema: Battle of the sea folk

Yes, it’s school holidays so there are lots of films with ‘G’ in the rating, and Ruby Gillman – Teenage Kraken is definitely on the list. Sometimes the hero you are meant to be lies just beneath the surface.

Other News

State government approves 60-day cap on short-term holiday letting in Byron

The state government has approved a new 60-day cap on non-hosted short term rental accommodation (STRA) for large parts of the Byron Shire. Most of NSW has no cap.

Legend Pizza

If you go back in time 32 years, Byron was very different, but Legend Pizza was already a massive favourite of locals. You’d have to be a bit of a legend to have a successful business that’s been right in the middle of Jonson St for 30 of those years; that’s been locally owned and operated the whole time.

Jali Land Council accused of land grab

Around 80 residents of Cabbage Tree Island, just south of Wardell, say they want to return home after the 2022 floods, but the Local Aboriginal Land Council, Jali, have other ideas.

Ciggie butts tops in litter prevention project 

A litter prevention project has been a success, say Byron Shire Council staff, with 1,450 pieces of litter being prevented from flowing into the Cape Byron Marine Park over a two month period.

Nuance needed

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Cycling race in Lismore this weekend to raise money for Westpac Rescue Helicopter

Whether it is getting on the track or watching the cyclists there are plenty of ways to get on board with the Lismore 2023 – Byron Bay Cycle Club Road Race this Sunday 24, September in Lismore’s CBD.

I’ve been living in Brunswick Heads for two years with my children and I’ve always been saddened by the lack of community, at least in this section. 

A few friendly people have come and gone from rentals here, driven away by the housing crisis but we’re largely surrounded by empty houses and holiday lets. It’s been so lovely to walk out the front and have a chat with the van dwellers. 

They’ve brought life and character back to a suburb that was becoming extremely dull. Perhaps homeowners should stop peeking from behind their curtains and over fences and come out and say hello. 

My friends in vans offer me a cup of coffee, invite me to sit down on the rug and share stories and what they have with my kids. A lot of them are women, drowning in parking fines, hounded for existing. Has Byron Council thought about the consequences of pushing homeless women out of safer, better-lit areas and into the darkness? These people are part of our community too. 

Let’s not use one or two badly behaved van dwellers to tar everyone with the same brush. 

There are so many empty houses in this town and so few places to live. 

LH, Brunswick Heads


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1 COMMENT

  1. 10% of the houses in Australia are empty. The majority are not owned by Australians. Public land is supposed to be owned by Australians. Surely there are cheap caravan parks to the west that don’t get many tourists. If you keep driving west, I’m sure you would find one.

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