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Locals to fight back with a series about the REAL Byron Bay

News that Netflix was planning to film a vacuous docudrama in Byron Bay brought a collective snort of derision across the Shire.

Local hospitals performing above State average, quarterly report says

Hospitals in Northern NSW performed better than the state average despite recording a high number of emergency department (ED) attendances, according to the latest Bureau of Information (BHI) Healthcare Quarterly report.

Will Multiple Occupancies rise again in Byron?

Could Multiple Occupancy housing developments be reintroduced in the Byron Shire as a way of addressing the growing housing crisis?

Virtually live music, imaginary shrooms, and happy koalas: welcome to the COVID Splendour

Well, the people behind Splendour in the Grass have finally done it. They’ve organised a music festival that won’t disturb a single koala, rare bird, or noise-sensitive neighbour living in or around the North Byron Parklands.

Mullumbimby home seriously damaged in fire

A home on Ann Street, Mullumbimby, was badly damaged in a house fire over the weekend.

Taking it to the cleaners – workers speak 

It’s the type of text message exchange that Byron cleaning business owners like Cristina Arcila are becoming all too familiar with.

Byron Council reviews protocols on film productions

Byron Council will review its rules around filming in public places in a bid to prevent productions like the docu-soap Byron Baes being filmed...

Helping the local food industry bounce back

TAFE NSW and Northern Rivers Food will discuss training opportunities and job pathways in the agricultural, food manufacturing and hospitality industries at a ‘Skilling for Recovery’ breakfast tomorrow (June 3).

Big Byron DA approved, despite ecologist concerns

A 10-house development near the centre of Byron Bay has been approved despite lingering concerns about its impact on a neighbouring wetland area.

Young peeps share views on improving the Byron Shire

Local young people should have a more direct say in decisions about the future of the Shire, a group of students has told Byron Council.

Homeless drop-in centre returns

For five years, the homeless drop-in centre on Fletcher Street, Byron Bay, has remained empty – the victim of funding shortfalls and, more recently, a sea of red tape.

Council activist slapped with AVO, banned from building

Local police have taken out an interim Apprehended Violence Order (AVO) against former Byron councillor John Anderson, following a series of incidents in which he allegedly intimidated and harassed the current deputy mayor, Sarah Ndiaye (Greens).

Sowing seeds in the Tweed on World Environment Day

Tweed residents are invited to help plant more than 600 native trees at Fernvale on Saturday 5 June, as part of a project to protect the banks of Johansen Creek and improve fish habitat.

Merivale comes to town with cheeky acquisition

For years the Byron community has resisted the invasion of big corporations coming into town – staving off McDonalds and Club Med among others.

Mall of the future, or future mauled?

The opening of Byron’s Mercato Shopping Centre in February 2019 was accompanied by a torrent of superlatives from its proud owners.

Byron Council vote to protect farmland from State government onslaught

A new ‘Agritourism’ policy proposed by the State Government will compromise regionally significant farming and food production by stealth, Byron Council says.

Police appeal for help to find missing teenagers

Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate the boy and a girl who were last seen in Alstonville on Monday.

Man jailed over South Golden Beach dog shooting

A local builder who shot his neighbour’s dog with a bow and arrow in South Golden Beach has been jailed after unsuccessfully appealing his conviction in the District Court.

Midnight Oil to help reignite Bluesfest’s fire

Just seven weeks after Byron Bluesfest was cancelled at the eleventh hour owing to a COVID scare, the event has bounced back with a new line-up featuring some of Australia’s most revered musical talent.

Filming of Byron Baes begins with no indigenous consultation

Filming of the Netflix series Byron Baes has reportedly commenced without any effort made by the show's production company – Eureka Productions – to consult with local indigenous groups or the local Council.

Tweed residents facing rate rise in 2021/2022 financial year

Tweed residents are invited to provide feedback on their council's budget, revenue policy and fees and charges, as Tweed Council prepares to finalise its delivery program and operational plan for the next financial year.

Locals to fight back with a series about the REAL Byron Bay

News that Netflix was planning to film a vacuous docudrama in Byron Bay brought a collective snort of derision across the Shire.

Local hospitals performing above State average, quarterly report says

Hospitals in Northern NSW performed better than the state average despite recording a high number of emergency department (ED) attendances, according to the latest Bureau of Information (BHI) Healthcare Quarterly report.

Will Multiple Occupancies rise again in Byron?

Could Multiple Occupancy housing developments be reintroduced in the Byron Shire as a way of addressing the growing housing crisis?

Virtually live music, imaginary shrooms, and happy koalas: welcome to the COVID Splendour

Well, the people behind Splendour in the Grass have finally done it. They’ve organised a music festival that won’t disturb a single koala, rare bird, or noise-sensitive neighbour living in or around the North Byron Parklands.

Mullumbimby home seriously damaged in fire

A home on Ann Street, Mullumbimby, was badly damaged in a house fire over the weekend.

Taking it to the cleaners – workers speak 

It’s the type of text message exchange that Byron cleaning business owners like Cristina Arcila are becoming all too familiar with.

Byron Council reviews protocols on film productions

Byron Council will review its rules around filming in public places in a bid to prevent productions like the docu-soap Byron Baes being filmed...

Helping the local food industry bounce back

TAFE NSW and Northern Rivers Food will discuss training opportunities and job pathways in the agricultural, food manufacturing and hospitality industries at a ‘Skilling for Recovery’ breakfast tomorrow (June 3).

Big Byron DA approved, despite ecologist concerns

A 10-house development near the centre of Byron Bay has been approved despite lingering concerns about its impact on a neighbouring wetland area.

Young peeps share views on improving the Byron Shire

Local young people should have a more direct say in decisions about the future of the Shire, a group of students has told Byron Council.

Homeless drop-in centre returns

For five years, the homeless drop-in centre on Fletcher Street, Byron Bay, has remained empty – the victim of funding shortfalls and, more recently, a sea of red tape.

Council activist slapped with AVO, banned from building

Local police have taken out an interim Apprehended Violence Order (AVO) against former Byron councillor John Anderson, following a series of incidents in which he allegedly intimidated and harassed the current deputy mayor, Sarah Ndiaye (Greens).

Sowing seeds in the Tweed on World Environment Day

Tweed residents are invited to help plant more than 600 native trees at Fernvale on Saturday 5 June, as part of a project to protect the banks of Johansen Creek and improve fish habitat.

Merivale comes to town with cheeky acquisition

For years the Byron community has resisted the invasion of big corporations coming into town – staving off McDonalds and Club Med among others.

Mall of the future, or future mauled?

The opening of Byron’s Mercato Shopping Centre in February 2019 was accompanied by a torrent of superlatives from its proud owners.

Byron Council vote to protect farmland from State government onslaught

A new ‘Agritourism’ policy proposed by the State Government will compromise regionally significant farming and food production by stealth, Byron Council says.

Police appeal for help to find missing teenagers

Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate the boy and a girl who were last seen in Alstonville on Monday.

Man jailed over South Golden Beach dog shooting

A local builder who shot his neighbour’s dog with a bow and arrow in South Golden Beach has been jailed after unsuccessfully appealing his conviction in the District Court.

Midnight Oil to help reignite Bluesfest’s fire

Just seven weeks after Byron Bluesfest was cancelled at the eleventh hour owing to a COVID scare, the event has bounced back with a new line-up featuring some of Australia’s most revered musical talent.

Filming of Byron Baes begins with no indigenous consultation

Filming of the Netflix series Byron Baes has reportedly commenced without any effort made by the show's production company – Eureka Productions – to consult with local indigenous groups or the local Council.

Tweed residents facing rate rise in 2021/2022 financial year

Tweed residents are invited to provide feedback on their council's budget, revenue policy and fees and charges, as Tweed Council prepares to finalise its delivery program and operational plan for the next financial year.
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