Our homes and neighbourhoods are under attack. The online, multinational, tax-evading, short term holiday letting disruptors would like to fill them all with tourists. Communities around the world are being damaged by these disruptors.
C Boyle, Durrumbul. When a British penal colony was established in Botany Bay, New Holland, on 26 January 1788, Australia didn’t exist.
Matthew Hartley, Byron Bay Congratulations to Michael Lyon for continuing to speak out against illegal letting in residential areas. However, his financial concerns will be allayed if he continues to pursue illegal activity via the correct method: Penalty Notices. There are... Read More →
Lynette Dickinson, Pottsville If Labor’s Justine Elliott and Reece Byrnes are genuinely concerned about the welfare of our endangered Tweed Coast koalas, why did they ignore the advice of the koala specialist Dr Steve Phillips who reported to the Environmental... Read More →
Vince Kean, Murwillumbah What’s with all this argument about who can govern Australia? Everyone knows that Australia is governed on the BTR Principle (Born to Rule). Some people have BTR and others don’t. The Coalition for instance has stacks of BTR.... Read More →
Ron Bay, Suffolk Park If the Kiwis are so keen to have him as one of theirs why don’t we send him over? Besides, why such a concern over parliamentarians having dual citizenship? Surely, it can be nothing to do with... Read More →
Andrew Bennett Murwillumbah It is refreshing to see that over 50 per cent of Tweed Shire Councillors including staff now remain seated during the ritual of praying to a god at Council meetings.
John Scrivener, Main Arm. I always enjoy reading Geoff Dawe's thoughtful and insightful opinions, and he is right, the issue of the local railway line is not much about public transport. (Letters, Aug 16) For most of its history, the local line was used precisely twice a day. This represents a type of inefficiency known as underutilised capacity.
Beth Shelley, Booerie Creek. The Northern Rivers Railway Action Group is delighted to hear that the federal government has declined the funding request for the Murwillumbah Rail Trail despite the support of the NSW government.
Professor Richard Tanter, Melbourne University. Whether we like it or not, Australia would be dragged into a conflict on the Korean Peninsula because of the critical role of Pine Gap in US military operations against North Korea.
Tom Tabart, Bangalow. This morning on my steam wireless I heard an unfortunate Byron council functionary (occupying one of the multiple management roles not on their web page) attempting to justify council's long-term transport of our rubbish to Queensland.
Gareth W R Smith, Palestine Liberation Centre, Byron Bay. As we remember the atomic destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, August 6 and 9 respectively, we come to the shocking realisation that the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has moved the hand of the Doomsday Clock one minute nearer midnight, just 2.5mins away (http://thebulletin.org/current-issue).
Lee Cass, Byron Bay. Jason van Tol (Byron Shire Echo letters, July 19) has got his wish regarding the drumming sign on the pole at the sunset drum circle at Byron Beach.
Louise Doran, Ocean Shores. After 14 years of campaigning by thousands of north coast residents, and all the information, studies and inquiries recommending a commuter train service be introduced on the Casino to Murwillumbah (C-M) rail line, a few local cycling enthusiasts, who want the line destroyed for a cycleway, continue to spread inaccurate rubbish.
A Bennett, Murwillumbah Last week we wrote to Tweed Shire Councillor, Pryce Allsop requesting his assistance in cleaning up an area of Murwillumbah where homeless people sometimes sleep in an attempt to make the area more comfortable for the homeless. We... Read More →
Edith Franks, Byron Bay On 31st March, water from "Cyclone Debbie" could not exit the stormwater outlet from my property into council's drain in the walkway council control and own behind my house.
Jo Faith, Newtown. For some time I have been struggling with the thought that a Heritage Town, such as Bangalow is to be rezoned as an Industrial/commercial precinct.
Paul Jones, Butler Street Community Network. As only Fast Buck$ famously knows, money is a raw and brute force, it will buy power and influence and readily dismiss threats to its domination.
D Wallace, Suffolk Park Jordan Condo, spokesperson for Stayz, says illegal holiday letting will be penalised and jobs lost if Byron Shire Council applies the law and prosecute (Echo July 12). The Echo should have asked Mr Condo why the... Read More →
Simon Field, Bangalow I am a resident of Bangalow shuddering at the thought of a $36 million factory development which will change our town and community forever. I feel compelled to raise the questions; Do the prospective tenants noted in the... Read More →
Sue Taylor, Vice President, Bangalow Progress Association It is important for anyone who cares about the future of Bangalow to be aware of the very inappropriate development that is currently proposed at its gateway. The massive proposal covers some 37,000 sqm. of... Read More →
Geoff Bensley, Byron Bay The local train groups didn’t have any strategies or options in place that would correspond and work with the 2011 Tweed Shire Transport Strategy document, and as such they ruined any chance of getting trains for... Read More →
Gareth W R Smith, Palestine Liberation Centre, Byron Bay. Byron Friends of Palestine celebrate the initiative of Palestinian Civil Society which has referred Israel directly to the International Criminal Court.
Dr Mary Gardner, PhD historical marine ecology and deep resilience, Byron Bay. In March 2017, Byron Shire Council's Coast Estuary Catchment Panel recommended to council ‘that Council acknowledge its commitment at the commissioning of Byron Bay Sewage Treatment Plant to relying on reuse to match increases in sewer load and either find a strategy to achieve that level of reuse or consider calling a moratorium’.
Duncan Dey, Mullumbimby. 'Clause 45' of the old Byron Local Environment Plan (LEP) requires that 'prior adequate arrangements' exist for sewage management before a Development Application (DA) like the Villawood one for West Byron can be approved.