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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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Byron Shire floodplain risks to be highlighted to NSW premier

Byron Shire Council have recognised 1,454 flood-affected homes in Byron Shire that could benefit from the government’s much touted assistance via its Northern Rivers Reconstruction Corporation.

What drainage works can residents expect?

With a third La Niña now underway, The Echo asked Council’s Director Infrastructure Services, Phil Holloway, what flood-affected residents can expect regarding drainage maintenance.

Editorial – Break out the bubbly for Budget Estimates

Budget Estimates is truly one of the most revealing and best educational services that the NSW government offers. MPs from the opposition grill ministers and agency bosses without mercy, for hours. 

Businesses launch campaign against holiday let policy

Businesses who say they would be adversely impacted by Council’s proposal to cap holiday letting to 90 days have gone on the offensive by launching a PR campaign.

Bioenergy facility funding rejected

Mayor Michael Lyon is downplaying a funding rejection for Council’s much touted Bioenergy Facility proposal by a federal government agency, claiming other funding sources are available.

Editorial – Secret governments are untrustworthy

The small amount of information that Resilience NSW supplied a resident regarding their GIPA request was wrong

Resilience NSW provides redacted, inaccurate docs

A Mullumbimby resident, who used FOI to seek the information that Resilience NSW relied upon to justify creating emergency housing on flood-prone land in Prince Street, was supplied with heavily redacted documents.

Editorial – Just quietly, Govcorp is doing very, very well, at your expense

Gosh, the one per cent are having a field day, aren’t they?

Short term rental accommodation policy for Byron Council Q&A

With Council’s short term rental accommodation (STRA) policy on exhibition until October 31, The Echo asked how it will work. 

Brunswick Heads residents told to expect temp housing

Questions remain unanswered and handballed while secrecy still surrounds Council’s negotiations with Resilience NSW over plans to create housing for 180 people affected by flooding in Brunswick Heads. 

Drain clearing: a new focus for Lismore residents

Lismore residents have formed a group to put pressure on their council around drainage maintenance.

West Byron developer starts clearing land

Land clearing has begun on one of the West Byron land parcels on Ewingsdale Road, owned by Tower Holdings.

Editorial – Secret meeting held over poor governance

Councillors, like all politicians, are in the unenviable position of trying to represent the interests of two parties that are often in conflict with each other.

Union mute over bureaucrats acting as political mouthpieces for governments

The NSW Public Service Association have refused to comment on whether it is appropriate for government policy to be defended by government bureaucrats

Holiday letting regulations on exhibition – Byron Shire

Byron Shire Council’s amendments to NSW State regulations around short-term rental accommodation are now before the public until October 31. 

Biodiversity Offsets inadequate: NSW Auditor General

One of the key planning mechanisms that enabled the Byron Bay Butler Street Bypass has been found to be lacking in integrity, transparency, and sustainability by the NSW Auditor General.

Blocked drains – did they  exacerbate the flood?

Residents who experienced the worst flooding in living memory earlier this year are claiming that a lack of drainage maintenance over the last 15 years contributed to the eastern part of Mullum being flooded. 

Health professionals strike over patient ratios

The continued refusal by the NSW Liberal-Nationals government to mandate more reasonable nursing/midwifery patient ratios has prompted a 24 hour strike by health professionals on September 1 from 7am. 

Consolation in the face of the climate catastrophe

Byron Shire residents never cease to amaze. Some of the most intelligent people lurk in the hinterlands and suburbs, plugging away at their profession, largely out of the public eye.

Premier secretly visits Mullum’s pod fiasco

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet quietly inspected temporary pod construction works in Prince Street, Mullumbimby last Thursday. 

Editorial – Will the NSW government act on disasters, or just manage them?

The Select Committee on the response to Major Flooding across NSW in 2022, headed by chair Walt Secord (Labor) painted a picture of unprepared agencies, such as Resilience NSW, and documented a lack of planning.

Byron Shire floodplain risks to be highlighted to NSW premier

Byron Shire Council have recognised 1,454 flood-affected homes in Byron Shire that could benefit from the government’s much touted assistance via its Northern Rivers Reconstruction Corporation.

What drainage works can residents expect?

With a third La Niña now underway, The Echo asked Council’s Director Infrastructure Services, Phil Holloway, what flood-affected residents can expect regarding drainage maintenance.

Editorial – Break out the bubbly for Budget Estimates

Budget Estimates is truly one of the most revealing and best educational services that the NSW government offers. MPs from the opposition grill ministers and agency bosses without mercy, for hours. 

Businesses launch campaign against holiday let policy

Businesses who say they would be adversely impacted by Council’s proposal to cap holiday letting to 90 days have gone on the offensive by launching a PR campaign.

Bioenergy facility funding rejected

Mayor Michael Lyon is downplaying a funding rejection for Council’s much touted Bioenergy Facility proposal by a federal government agency, claiming other funding sources are available.

Editorial – Secret governments are untrustworthy

The small amount of information that Resilience NSW supplied a resident regarding their GIPA request was wrong

Resilience NSW provides redacted, inaccurate docs

A Mullumbimby resident, who used FOI to seek the information that Resilience NSW relied upon to justify creating emergency housing on flood-prone land in Prince Street, was supplied with heavily redacted documents.

Editorial – Just quietly, Govcorp is doing very, very well, at your expense

Gosh, the one per cent are having a field day, aren’t they?

Short term rental accommodation policy for Byron Council Q&A

With Council’s short term rental accommodation (STRA) policy on exhibition until October 31, The Echo asked how it will work. 

Brunswick Heads residents told to expect temp housing

Questions remain unanswered and handballed while secrecy still surrounds Council’s negotiations with Resilience NSW over plans to create housing for 180 people affected by flooding in Brunswick Heads. 

Drain clearing: a new focus for Lismore residents

Lismore residents have formed a group to put pressure on their council around drainage maintenance.

West Byron developer starts clearing land

Land clearing has begun on one of the West Byron land parcels on Ewingsdale Road, owned by Tower Holdings.

Editorial – Secret meeting held over poor governance

Councillors, like all politicians, are in the unenviable position of trying to represent the interests of two parties that are often in conflict with each other.

Union mute over bureaucrats acting as political mouthpieces for governments

The NSW Public Service Association have refused to comment on whether it is appropriate for government policy to be defended by government bureaucrats

Holiday letting regulations on exhibition – Byron Shire

Byron Shire Council’s amendments to NSW State regulations around short-term rental accommodation are now before the public until October 31. 

Biodiversity Offsets inadequate: NSW Auditor General

One of the key planning mechanisms that enabled the Byron Bay Butler Street Bypass has been found to be lacking in integrity, transparency, and sustainability by the NSW Auditor General.

Blocked drains – did they  exacerbate the flood?

Residents who experienced the worst flooding in living memory earlier this year are claiming that a lack of drainage maintenance over the last 15 years contributed to the eastern part of Mullum being flooded. 

Health professionals strike over patient ratios

The continued refusal by the NSW Liberal-Nationals government to mandate more reasonable nursing/midwifery patient ratios has prompted a 24 hour strike by health professionals on September 1 from 7am. 

Consolation in the face of the climate catastrophe

Byron Shire residents never cease to amaze. Some of the most intelligent people lurk in the hinterlands and suburbs, plugging away at their profession, largely out of the public eye.

Premier secretly visits Mullum’s pod fiasco

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet quietly inspected temporary pod construction works in Prince Street, Mullumbimby last Thursday. 

Editorial – Will the NSW government act on disasters, or just manage them?

The Select Committee on the response to Major Flooding across NSW in 2022, headed by chair Walt Secord (Labor) painted a picture of unprepared agencies, such as Resilience NSW, and documented a lack of planning.
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