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February 25, 2021

Hans Lovejoy

In addition to his role as the editor of the Byron Shire Echo since 2010, Hans is an accomplished musician. A graduate of the Canberra School of Music, Hans has played the double bass and electric bass for more than 20 years, in all styles and at most of Australia's premier festivals. See www.hanslovejoy.com for more.

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Family Court scrapped

Despite overwhelming opposition from Australia’s family law specialists and advocates, the federal Liberal-Nationals government and cross benchers scrapped the Family Law Court and subsumed it into the circuit courts last week.

Ready for Byron’s latest massive development on Jonson St?

The changing face of Byron as Gold Coast and Sydney developers move in to recreate the look and feel of the town with intense development proposals.

Editorial – A personal take on politics and media

Since its inception in 1986 by a bunch of ratbag hippy locals, The Echo has championed the voice of the afflicted, not the comfortable. That should be the aim of every media organisation.

Another large Byron CBD development before public

Developers Dr Stanley Quek and Adam Garrisson (Multiplicity Byron Bay Pty Ltd) are proposing a mixed commercial residential complex in Byron’s CBD, located next...

Byron Council staff enjoy complete immunity

Is it in the public interest for Council compliance staff to hassle Matthew Hartley over his caravan?

Council critic ‘targeted’ by compliance staff

A long-time resident – and Council critic – is accusing Council staff of unfairly targetting him for having a caravan at his home, which he says is legal.

Labor shuffles itself around not governing

Unlike the sociopaths in the Coalition party who represent the one per cent, Labor’s problem will always be trying to be a party for all seasons. And those seasons are becoming more chaotic and extreme owing to climate change. 

Byron Shire Mayor, staff mute over Council court loss

Byron Mayor, Simon Richardson (Greens), is again remaining mute over questions around Council’s court loss, this time over a fencing dispute in Suffolk Park.

Are Council’s planning policies failing the community?

As developers eagerly continue to monetise Byron Shire’s property market, the flip side of course is the cost to the community and the region's unique biodiversity.

Let’s all trust the government and get vaxed! 

Australia is following the UK and US in rolling out COVID-19 vaccines. Given the enormity of the program, and its wide ranging implications, let’s dig a little into what vaccines are being fast tracked, and how it will roll out.

Zombie coastal plan is back!

Longtime locals would be aware of the history that surrounds Council’s attempts to sign off on a coastal management plan with the NSW government.

2021 – the year to reject tyrants

It’s nearly 2021! With a sigh, let’s all acknowledge the year’s trauma so we can move on, right? In the move towards a seismic awakening in 2021 – as well as building resilience for the year ahead – tinpot tyrants and their foot soldiers are on notice.

Suffolk bike track project maintains trajectory

Almost every Council meeting throws up hard decisions that must be courageously tackled, such as resolving competing community uses of public land.

Council’s approach to road safety unacceptable: Cr Cameron

Independent councillor Basil Cameron is proposing at this Thursday’s meeting that councillors adopt a set of Road Access and Safety Principles, ‘to be embedded in all road policy to ensure safe, equitable access for all road users’.

A closer peek at Council’s Main Beach project

While Main and Clarkes Beach continue to erode, Council are exploring ways to protect the headland at Jonson Street.

‘Overwhelming majority’ object to Dunoon Dam proposal

With public submissions on Rous Council’s proposed Dunoon Dam expected to be released Wednesday December 16, Ballina councillor and Rous chair Keith Williams told The Echo that submissions he has seen so far indicate strong opposition.

Let’s talk pork!

Put simply, pork barrelling is where certain electorates are favoured by politicans with cash (grants, infrastructure projects etc) to curry favour. It’s questionable though, how ethical the practice is, given it is essentially a bribe.

Former mayor hits back at developer claims

Former Greens mayor and NSW MLC Jan Barham has refuted comments by developer Brandon Saul around a ‘fundamental error’ that led to staff applying a zone label change to the Linnaeus Estate.

Council staff to proceed with ‘error’ in zoning label debacle

Bound by nature reserves and a Marine National Park, Linnaeus Estate has been the focus of many court challenges and community activism over the years.

Our beloved Bay FM is passing the hat around

Local radio station Bay FM 99.9 is seeking your support during their yearly radiothon, which runs until November 30. 

Affordable housing precinct moves closer 

An affordable housing planning proposal for ‘at least 250 dwellings with a range of lot sizes’, is progressing on a parcel of Council managed land, located just outside of Mullumbimby. 

Family Court scrapped

Despite overwhelming opposition from Australia’s family law specialists and advocates, the federal Liberal-Nationals government and cross benchers scrapped the Family Law Court and subsumed it into the circuit courts last week.

Ready for Byron’s latest massive development on Jonson St?

The changing face of Byron as Gold Coast and Sydney developers move in to recreate the look and feel of the town with intense development proposals.

Editorial – A personal take on politics and media

Since its inception in 1986 by a bunch of ratbag hippy locals, The Echo has championed the voice of the afflicted, not the comfortable. That should be the aim of every media organisation.

Another large Byron CBD development before public

Developers Dr Stanley Quek and Adam Garrisson (Multiplicity Byron Bay Pty Ltd) are proposing a mixed commercial residential complex in Byron’s CBD, located next...

Byron Council staff enjoy complete immunity

Is it in the public interest for Council compliance staff to hassle Matthew Hartley over his caravan?

Council critic ‘targeted’ by compliance staff

A long-time resident – and Council critic – is accusing Council staff of unfairly targetting him for having a caravan at his home, which he says is legal.

Labor shuffles itself around not governing

Unlike the sociopaths in the Coalition party who represent the one per cent, Labor’s problem will always be trying to be a party for all seasons. And those seasons are becoming more chaotic and extreme owing to climate change. 

Byron Shire Mayor, staff mute over Council court loss

Byron Mayor, Simon Richardson (Greens), is again remaining mute over questions around Council’s court loss, this time over a fencing dispute in Suffolk Park.

Are Council’s planning policies failing the community?

As developers eagerly continue to monetise Byron Shire’s property market, the flip side of course is the cost to the community and the region's unique biodiversity.

Let’s all trust the government and get vaxed! 

Australia is following the UK and US in rolling out COVID-19 vaccines. Given the enormity of the program, and its wide ranging implications, let’s dig a little into what vaccines are being fast tracked, and how it will roll out.

Zombie coastal plan is back!

Longtime locals would be aware of the history that surrounds Council’s attempts to sign off on a coastal management plan with the NSW government.

2021 – the year to reject tyrants

It’s nearly 2021! With a sigh, let’s all acknowledge the year’s trauma so we can move on, right? In the move towards a seismic awakening in 2021 – as well as building resilience for the year ahead – tinpot tyrants and their foot soldiers are on notice.

Suffolk bike track project maintains trajectory

Almost every Council meeting throws up hard decisions that must be courageously tackled, such as resolving competing community uses of public land.

Council’s approach to road safety unacceptable: Cr Cameron

Independent councillor Basil Cameron is proposing at this Thursday’s meeting that councillors adopt a set of Road Access and Safety Principles, ‘to be embedded in all road policy to ensure safe, equitable access for all road users’.

A closer peek at Council’s Main Beach project

While Main and Clarkes Beach continue to erode, Council are exploring ways to protect the headland at Jonson Street.

‘Overwhelming majority’ object to Dunoon Dam proposal

With public submissions on Rous Council’s proposed Dunoon Dam expected to be released Wednesday December 16, Ballina councillor and Rous chair Keith Williams told The Echo that submissions he has seen so far indicate strong opposition.

Let’s talk pork!

Put simply, pork barrelling is where certain electorates are favoured by politicans with cash (grants, infrastructure projects etc) to curry favour. It’s questionable though, how ethical the practice is, given it is essentially a bribe.

Former mayor hits back at developer claims

Former Greens mayor and NSW MLC Jan Barham has refuted comments by developer Brandon Saul around a ‘fundamental error’ that led to staff applying a zone label change to the Linnaeus Estate.

Council staff to proceed with ‘error’ in zoning label debacle

Bound by nature reserves and a Marine National Park, Linnaeus Estate has been the focus of many court challenges and community activism over the years.

Our beloved Bay FM is passing the hat around

Local radio station Bay FM 99.9 is seeking your support during their yearly radiothon, which runs until November 30. 

Affordable housing precinct moves closer 

An affordable housing planning proposal for ‘at least 250 dwellings with a range of lot sizes’, is progressing on a parcel of Council managed land, located just outside of Mullumbimby. 
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