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June 13, 2024

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Murwillumbah’s Budd Park – what do you want to see there?

Tweed Council is seeking community feedback on a draft concept plan to upgrade Budd Park at Murwillumbah, a popular meeting point beside the Tweed River.

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Ongoing roadworks

In response to Scott Wilson (Echo 29 May) questioning Byron Council’s spending on roads and infrastructure, the truth is...

Chinny Charge entries now open!

Now’s the time to enter the Chinny Charge up Mullumbimby’s local mountain on Saturday, September 21.  The annual run and...

Cynical Swivel

I was utterly horrified to hear Cr Mark Swivel touting a ‘community land trust for conservation’ concept as his...

New Australian Marbles Champion

After a five-year hiatus the battle for the title of Australian Marbles Champion again took place as part of the Old & Gold Festival held in Brunswick Heads last Saturday.

No care at Shaws Bay

Mullet harvesting is here again and the fishermen have to access Gawandii Beach at Shaws Bay. Again, they have...

Koalas on the road this weekend – slow down and call a wildlife carer

The last 12 months have seen a record number of koalas killed or severely injured due to vehicle strikes in the region and Friends of the Koala are calling on locals and visitors to take care of our iconic koalas this coming long weekend.

At our last Byron Council meeting, I proposed reducing the height limit at Wategos from nine metres to eight metres. This is because the steep slopes mean people are building absolute monstrosities that are completely out of scale with the surrounding bushland, beach and lighthouse. I also asked for more work on what we can do to limit the excessive excavation into the hillside. This was an important campaign brought to Council by the Wategos Beach Protection Association which no other councillor had gotten behind. As I said at the time, we are not West Hollywood, and we don’t want to be.

I read with amusement the Echo claiming that this motion was brought by another councillor, Sarah Ndiaye, (Greens). This followed the Echo report just a few weeks earlier, where I had done the work to push the developer at 9 Marvell Street to keep the main part of their building below the 11.5m height limit for the centre of town. No mention, of course, that Sarah Ndiaye, (Greens), had spoken against my changes and preferred the design that completely exceeded the height limits.

I will continue to ensure that Byron remains Byron. To me, there is still the opportunity to control the future of our community, and our shire. We will need to discuss building height as a community when it leads to more housing diversity and increased housing affordability. But I will always fight against more 5-star hotels and millionaire mega-mansions pushing the limits.

Cr Asren Pugh (Labor), Bangalow

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  1. Cr Asren Pugh this is too little too late . the town should have had a town plan many many years ago to keep height limits to what was already in the town , or what would be considered acceptable in keeping with the design of this once lovely town.
    Nothing looks more like the Gold Coast ( cheap cheap ) than tall buildings everywhere blocking our beautiful sunsets.

    Byron and Byron council is now controlled by developers , Bye Bye Byron , you were a Beautiful child , a Lovely teenager , but a somewhat confused Adult , not sure about who you should really be ,

    Good luck to u all .

  2. It’s very easy to add an additional storey perhaps two when one is allowed to excavate below the existing natural ground line.
    A height limit needs to be placed on retaining walls
    cut, below the E.N.G.L.
    There are retaining walls up to 3.6m in height below the E.N.G.L being built in Byron shire, that’s around 1 and half storeys. It also becomes very dangerousl for neighbours who have their house footings being jeopardised.


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