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July 23, 2024

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Tweed council catching up on DA backlog

Tweed Shire Council staff say they’re catching up on and reducing the number of outstanding development applications [DAs] lodged locally.

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Swimmer’s smart-watch sends distress alert 

A local swimmer who got caught in a rip and rough seas at Tallows Beach has survived the ordeal by using his smartwatch to call triple zero.

Oztag players enjoy Goonellabah’s inaugural NAIDOC Week event

Hepburn Park in Goonellabah was transformed into a sea of young Oztag players on July 11 after more than 200 young people participated in CASPA’s inaugural NAIDOC Oztag Gala Day.

Malibu Club raises $18k for local charities

A recent presentation night at the Byron Bowlo was held by the Byron Bay Malibu Club, where an impressive $18,000 was  donated to local charities. 

Why the backlash towards David Heilpern?

I am visiting friends in Byron this week and looking at the letters section in The Echo I was...

Tyagarah clothing-optional beach

I am a 35-year-old woman who has been a Tyagarah clothing-optional beach (COB) regular since 2018. In summer, I...

Byron’s foreshore future – a closer look

Plans for Byron Bay’s foreshore are on exhibition until July 31 – Council staff propose options and a ten-year vision for the much-used space, including the removal, or partial removal of the carpark around the pool and Fishheads restaurant. 

Stuart McConville (Letters, June 12) was expressing his opinion about a perceived lack of business community spirit in Byron Bay compared to years gone by. We appreciate Stuart coming to the defence of BayFM, but he would be unaware of the facts about this event.

The Fishheads and Byron Chamber of Commerce Fundraising Breakfast was a simple one-off initiative by Ralph at Fishheads and Matt from the Byron Chamber. BayFM didn’t even know they were raising funds for the station until the event had been publicised.

Given this, we think $1,360 in unexpected funds is a great result and that the organisers were generous in giving us all the proceeds rather than just a portion. We appreciate many businesses here are doing it tough right now.

Having said that, as a volunteer-run, not-for-profit charity with no ongoing funding, BayFM is always in need of community support. If any other businesses or individual donors feel able to help the station – which belongs to all of us in Byron Shire – we’d be most grateful.

Thanks again to Fishheads and the Byron Chamber for your support of BayFM.

Nick Richardson, Management Committee Volunteer, BayFM

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