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Trend bucked, again

Congratulations Rupert Murdoch, Alan Jones, Gina Rinehart and their army of developers, bureaucrats and sycophants who were re-elected to rule over NSW last Saturday.

What will Ballina candidates do for your vote?

While the party animals (I mean the Animal Welfare League) candidate Cathy Blastonata admitted that she didn’t really want to get elected most of candidates for the seat of Ballina were able to deliver a clear message of their priorities at last nights Meet the Candidates in Byron.

Two new candidates join Ballina race

Voters in the Ballina electorate now have six candidates to choose from in the upcoming NSW election, with Keep Sydney Open and Sustainable Australia parties registering candidates late in the race.

NSW state election 2019

Voters in the Ballina electorate (Byron and Ballina Council areas) have six candidates to choose from. In order of the ballot and the above...

NSW 2019 Ballina candidate policies

Echonetdaily has contacted all of the candidates for Ballina in the upcoming NSW election and have compiled their policies on a range of important issues.

NSW 2019 Ballina candidate profiles

In order of the ballot, the Ballina candidates are: Keep Sydney Open’s James Wright Thirty-six-year old year old radio broadcaster, filmmaker, futurist and father of three,...

Ballina candidates’ preferences – where do they flow?

Elections in the Ballina electorate have been so close in the past that the preferences have often determined outcomes in the Legislative Assembly, or lower house. 

What are you asking for from your NSW state candidates?

In less than two weeks our vote in the NSW state election could really cement lasting, positive change in the region, according to COREM co-founder and project manager Dave Rawlins.

Roads to riches – or more of the same?

In what many might think of as a contradiction in terms, the NSW Greens have pledged more money to fix Byron Shire’s roads than the ALP and Coalition combined.

Bangalow voters shun rail trail

Jens Krause, Byron Bay. The Nationals candidate for Ballina received 355 primary votes out of 1,333 counted at the Bangalow polling booth. That is 27 per cent or roughly one quarter. The heartland of the rail trail lobby is Bangalow.

Final nail in the coffin for TAFE

Greens NSW MP John Kaye. Premier Mike Baird's decision to move TAFE out of Education and into the Industry portfolio will be the last straw for TAFE as a public education institution.

Report shows hit to land values from CSG

Land values across the NSW north coast and elsewhere will be hit hard if the coal-seam gas (CSG) industry is allowed to develop, a new Productivity Commission report has warned.

New govt must support fairer and more caring society

Jan Barham, MLC. The re-elected coalition government must adopt a more caring and strategic approach with a priority focus on housing and community services for areas of high vulnerability and disadvantage such as the north coast.

Farmers fire off warning to Nationals on CSG

The National Party should heed the message being delivered by country voters to end unconventional gas mining in the Northern Rivers area and across the state.

Voters say no to trails without rails

Basil Cameron, Trains On Our Tracks (TOOT). Residents have sent a strong message to the Baird government: ‘hands off our tracks’.

Current politics and its addiction to fossil fuels

Sapoty Brook, Mullumbimby. OK, have you had your five minutes of celebration? Great, now let's get serious again. It is really unfortunate that the NSW government and their supporters are climate-ignorant.

West Byron should go back for community to decide

Cate Coorey, Byron Residents Group. The Greens' Tamara Smith's win in the seat of Ballina on Saturday is a clear indication of how the people of Byron Bay feel about the Nationals in this town.

Greens take Ballina, with Lismore likely

The NSW Greens have declared victory in Ballina and are also being tipped to take Lismore from the Nationals.

No endorsement for rail trail

Jens Krause, Byron Bay. The rail Trail myth has been finally put to bed. Ripping up the tracks in order to provide for a cycling path has been resoundingly rejected by the people of Byron shire.

Who reads the Echo? Read it or weep!

Sean O’Meara, Brunswick Heads. During a meet the candidates broadcast on Bay FM about a week before the election, Nationals candidate for Ballina, Kris Beavis, was quizzed about the controversial developments planned for the Brunswick Heads foreshores.

Coalition puts north coast biodiversity ‘under grave danger’

The north coast’s rich biodiversity is under grave threat from a shock announcement by the coalition just two days out of the election that if re-elected it will repeal the state’s major protection laws for threatened species and native vegetation.

Thomas George says he’s all for CSG

Bruce McQueen, Mt Burrell. 'I am all for CSG' are the exact words spoken by the National's Thomas George at meet the candidates night in Murwillumbah four years ago.

Greens cry foul over nursing-home lockout

The Ballina Greens have called on the NSW Electoral Commission to declare invalid votes from a Ballina Catholic aged care centre after it refused the party permission to leave electoral materials for residents.

Greens tackle unemployment on the north coast

Tamara Smith, Adam Guise, Andrea Vickers and John Kaye for the NSW Greens. Greens NSW have announced a fully-funded $165 million local infrastructure program for the Richmond-Tweed region.

ALP makes $247m pledge to upgrade region’s roads

Northern rivers councils would have access to $247 million to upgrade roads if the Labor party wins Saturday’s election, deputy Opposition leader Linda Burney promised in Lismore this morning.

West Byron newspaper ad inaccurate: residents

  An advertisement taken out by Byron Shire real estate agent and councillor Rose Wanchap in The Byron Shire Echo last week riled up...

Track removal, public transport major issues for Byron voters

Ripping up the railway tracks emerged as an unpopular move from the Ocean Shores meet the candidates night, held on Monday.

Nannas tell NSW Labor leader ‘we are watching you’

Knitting Nannas had a simple message for NSW Labor leader Luke Foley this morning when he visited the site of the Bentley blockade just outside Lismore. ‘Do the wrong thing and we’ll be watching you’.

ALP vote will be wasted: Greens

A vote for Labor’s Paul Spooner in the seat of Ballina would be a wasted vote, according to the Greens’ candidate for the seat, Tamara Smith, who has announced the Greens would buy the Ocean Shores Roundhouse site for community land.

Labor backs unsung heroes of animal of protection

Lorraine Vass, president Friends of the Koala. I know political promises are cheap a couple of weeks out from an election, but what a breath of fresh air to have a NSW political party acknowledge the work of voluntary wildlife carers and to recognise that government has a fiscal responsibility in meeting some of the costs of voluntary wildlife rehabilitation.

Nationals are an environmental disaster

Dailan Pugh, Byron Bay. I agree with the National’s Kris Beavis that ‘nothing is more important than protecting our environment’, though he needs to realise that it is not just about recycling waste while he trashes the environment. The National Party’s record speaks for itself.

Brunswick Heads too precious to lose

Tamara Smith, Greens Ballina candidate . Brunswick Heads is a special place. Like so many kids, I spent my childhood swimming around the river and meeting my grandfather coming back in from fishing trips. But the plans to commercialise the foreshore reserves undermines the relaxed, family-friendly character that the town is renowned for.

District of Ballina overview and candidate profiles

Collected on this page are key Echonetdaily articles for the electoral district of Ballina including an overview of the electorate and profiles for all candidates.

Voting and political corporations

David Hall, Ocean Shores. This Saturday is Cognitive Dissonance Day. Recently we see big single issues tending to unite, there is broad agreement, and power. Coal seam gas, Bruns foreshore, West Byron, are single issues uniting us in our desire to hand on good things to our kids. We are waking up to the Occupy movement.

Council did act over West Byron

Jan Barham, Broken Head. National Party candidate Kris Beavis continues to refer to the fact that the decision for West Byron was taken away from council because it had ‘failed to act’. The fact is that council had acted, it had refused the rezoning proposal for good reasons.

Ballina candidates upbeat at Byron forum

Five NSW state election candidates for the seat of Ballina faced their potential employers at a job interview (otherwise known as a meet the candidates forum) in the Byron Bay Community Centre on Tuesday .

Metgasco merger deal collapses as CSG ban urged

Troubled north coast coal-seam-gas (CSG) miner Metgasco suffered another setback this week with the collapse of a proposed merger with oil explorer Elk Petroleum.

Jeff Johnson, Independent candidate for Ballina

It’s time to break the political party stranglehold over our democracy. Political parties are increasingly promising the world and failing to deliver. As a local independent I won’t be dictated to by the party factions, corporations or developers in Sydney who simply want to exploit our region for short-term profits.

Qld Labor in government a different story

Christopher Macfarlane, Ocean Shores. I am stunned and appalled that after just 25 days in government, the Labor Party has announced a deal with coal billionaires Adani to dredge and expand the Abbot Point coal port in the Great Barrier Reef.

Mental health explored at Ballina symposium

250 people attended the first free Community Mental Health Symposium last Thursday at Ballina RSL, with a range of expert speakers from various organisations explaining the dimensions of the problem and how best to move forward.

Have your say on aged care facility in Kingscliff  

The developers of new $150 million redevelopment ‘designed to meet the growing and evolving needs of seniors in the region’, are inviting Kingscliff residents to take part in community consultation.

Fuel stolen from farmer

The cost of fuel continues to be a major consideration in the budget, particularly in country areas where distances travelled are inevitably further for your average daily needs like accessing shops, schools and other activities.

Developer proposes light industrial in Federal

Tasteful, reasonable and useful? Or noisy, oversized and intrusive? This is the question at the heart of the debate over a light industrial development that has been proposed for the heart of Federal.