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Michael Lyon elected as Byron Mayor

Owing to the resignation of former Mayor at the end of April, a vote was held today to replace Simon Richardson, until the next election

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Travelling at the speed of lies

When Tim Berners-Lee and others created the architectural foundations of the world wide web, they did so with the vision of openness, idea sharing, and trust. Human nature has a way of making things more complicated, of course.

False impressions

Fast Buck$, Coorabell I was under the impression that, upon the mayor resigning, the deputy mayor would automatically get the...

How much do you know about koalas?

How well do you know your koala facts? Test your knowledge at the June 2 Koala Hard Quiz in Mullumbimby.

How full is that glass?

Cr Alan Hunter, Byron Shire Council Council Staff recommend opposing the proposed changes in the Exempt Development provisions to be considered...

Marvell Hall’s ‘Dangerously Poetic’ fundraiser

This Sunday Marvell Hall will host a tribute to some of the street-named fellows with poetry, music and portraits as a fundraiser for the hall.

‘Endless land releases’ not the solution for Byron’s housing crisis, says Labor mayor hopeful

Northern Rivers-based trade unionist and MBA student Asren Pugh has announced his candidature for Byron Shire Mayor in September’s local government elections on behalf of Country Labor. 

April 1, 2020

Issue 34.43

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In this Issue:

Locals question placing homes in areas of inundation risk

It is where the community fought off Club Med and it is once again in the spotlight as the current owners, Elements, are seeking to have the zoning of the environmentally sensitive area in Bayshore Drive changed from tourism to residential


Thus Spake Mungo: the cost of a job

It has only taken a week for the simple beauty of JobKeepers to become a little tarnished.


Internet in Byron is abysmal

Neil Matterson, Byron Bay If you are reading this letter it is because I was lucky enough find an internet access point window with fewer users, which allowed me the time to press send. Public access to the internet in Byron...


Flu season again

David Hall, Ocean Shores It’s flu season again, and a nasty one this year. The economy is being closed down, entertainment and socialising are cancelled. Many people, understandably, are in great fear for their lives, their jobs and their homes. This...


Bypass sees more native offsets

Byron Council has promised to undertake an additional 18 hectares of bush enhancement work to offset the destruction of wetland, resulting from the Byron bypass.


Developer bonanza or responsible development?

Cr Michael Lyon, The Pocket Cr Coorey’s anti-Business and Industrial Lands Strategy letter last week was riddled with about ten ‘alternative facts’. Firstly, the title of her letter, Developer bonanza. A gross amount of 40 hectares has been identified, Shire-wide, for...


Seeking assistance for mental health in a time of COVID-19

For those who need to urgently access the health system for non-COVID-19 treatments it’s proving to be very problematic in many areas of Australia. Some of the hardest hit people are those living with mental health issues.


Garbage Island

Malakai Smith, Mullumbimby Every year, every single person in Australia uses 130kg of plastic just once! This is an absurd amount of plastic that only has one use. Obviously there are solutions. The first being that we should ban single use...


Submissions for West Byron DA extended

The exhibition period for the West Byron DA has been extended by four weeks.


Lock down Byron

Sue Arnold, Ocean Shores Byron needs to be locked down. It’s total insanity to let these crowds fill the streets and beaches. Our hospital can’t possibly cope with a minor, much less major, outbreak. These people are putting the community at...


Hold councillors responsible

Jenny Coman, Bangalow Thank you for publishing Cr Cate Coorey’s rather lengthy letter last week – Developer bonanza. It contains content that voters in the next Council election (whenever it is held) should find invaluable. I wrote some time ago, asking critics...


Sewers getting fixed

Duncan Dey, Main Arm  Alan Dicken’s letter (25 March) correctly addresses an error in the minutes of a meeting of Council’s WWS (Water, Waste and Sewer) Advisory Committee, held on 30 January 2020. As a member of that committee, I have...


Love Mullum

Melanie Dilday, Brunswick Heads Yesterday I went shopping in Mullumbimby and felt so totally cared for with the way some shops are now operating. At Santos, they have a staff member at the door, limiting the number of people going in,...


Not for the people

Jim Beatson, Byron Bay Prime Minister Morrison flies around the world on major visits in a very large RAAF Airbus A330. This particular aircraft has long-range capability, and can carry a minimum of 250 people and a maximum of 440 people....


Time to get started?

Malcolm Price, Durrumbul There is a visionary seed at the heart of the Byron–Mullumbimby multimodel rail link project. It has emerged with the best features of all proposals so far, in the same way that the establishment of the Casino–Murwillumbah railway,...


Social responsibility comes to the fore

Four of the international tourist companies operating in Byron Shire have pledged, in future, to put the amenity of residents before profit, when signing up new providers and advertising on the internet.


What could go wrong?

Mobile 100MW nuclear power plants have been proposed by the NSW National Party.


Satnav be gone

In a move to preserve the character of rural areas, the federal government’s satellite regulatory body has limited the number of roads available to satnav systems.


Chocolate delivery an ‘essential service’!

We need more love, don’t we? Luxe chocolate boutique, Love Byron Bay, are stocked up on everything – especially their Fair Trade, Vegan Certified chocolate Easter Collection to serve everybody who makes Love Byron Bay a ‘must do’ on...


Culture and Live Music in the Byron Shire during Covid

Culture and Live Music in the Byron Shire during Covid


Cartoon of the week – April 1, 2020

We love to receive letters, but not every letter will be published; the publication of letters is at the discretion of the online and print letters editors.


Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: The COVID Conspiracy

Wuhan has the new 5G. This theory purports that the deaths aren’t from the virus – but from a cell break-down that mimics a virus. It doesn’t explain the contagion aspect, that is, how people who live in areas where there is no 5G get the virus. Unless… when you sneeze, the 5G comes out of your nose.


Byron Shire’s first theme park

A ‘rural living’ theme park has been proposed in the north of the Shire.


Thus Spake Mungo: Isolation days

Last week I could have my hair styled, but I couldn’t get a kidney transplant. I could take my kids to school, but not to church. I could invite nine mates to a funeral, but only four to a wedding


Locals question placing homes in areas of inundation risk

It is where the community fought off Club Med and it is once again in the spotlight as the current owners, Elements, are seeking to have the zoning of the environmentally sensitive area in Bayshore Drive changed from tourism to residential

Go straight to the source on the Future Water Project

Rous County Council has announced a series of information days to be held this month where the community can ‘drop in’ and find out more about the revised draft Future Water Project 2060.

Free mental health workshop for Byron businesses

Business owners in Byron Shire are invited to attend a free 'Healthy Mindset' workshop aimed at providing them with resources and tools to improve mental health and wellbeing, as well as the opportunity to connect with other business owners.


Jillian Spring, Billinudgel In the article –  At a gathering of trainspotters, 21/4/21 by David Lisle, re Tweed Council Rail Trail, it is noted in...