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New data reveals NSW social housing waitlist blowout

A fresh analysis by Homelessness NSW reveals where people are waiting the longest for social housing, sparking calls to double the supply of social homes and boost services funding.

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Anti-Israel bias

Many locals have approached me to say how shocked they are at the extreme anti-Israel bias that is expressed...

Man dies in hospital following an E-bike crash – Byron Bay

A man has died in hospital following an E bike crash in Byron Bay earlier this month.

Getting ready for the 24/25 bush fire season

This year’s official NSW Bush Fire Danger Period closed on March 21. Essential Energy says its thoughts are now turned toward to the 2024-25 season, and it has begun surveying its powerlines in and around the North Coast region.

New Brighton parking

To quote a Joni Mitchell song, ‘They paved paradise and put in a parking lot’ – this adequately describes...

New data reveals NSW social housing waitlist blowout

A fresh analysis by Homelessness NSW reveals where people are waiting the longest for social housing, sparking calls to double the supply of social homes and boost services funding.

Domestic violence service calls for urgent action to address crisis

Relationships Australia NSW is calling for urgent intervention from the NSW government to address men’s violence against women, following the horrific murder of Molly Ticehurst.

August 31, 2022

Byron Shire Echo issue 37.12 – August 31, 2022

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In this Issue:

Moving forward

Matt Eggleston’s interpretation of the Chinese Ambassador’s address at the National Press Club demonstrates an ignorance of Chinese culture and policy. Far from inflammatory, his comments were actually conciliatory. He, and the Chinese government, are aware of our change...

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Israel and Gaza

Gareth Smith yet again posts two anti-Israel letters (3 and 17 August) and his wild statements can be easily disproven by looking at the facts. He calls the latest tragic hostilities that lasted three days a ‘killing spree in...

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Local government rate peg to be reviewed

The announcement by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal that it will undertake a long-awaited review of the local government rate peg has been welcomed by Local Government NSW, the peak body representing councils.

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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.

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Heartbroken

Today I saw a terrible photo of a calf covered in faeces, drowning, blinded by the strong ammonia on those ships of death of Australia’s live export trade. This horror, this abomination, this cruelty has to stop now! Dear Prime...

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Splendour GM defends washed out event

The serious traffic safety issues at this year’s Splendour in the Grass festival were not a result of increased patron numbers, but a confluence of unforeseen circumstances, festival organisers say.

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Reviving the Big Scrub, one tree at a time

Local not-for-profit reforestation group, ReForest Now, has celebrated the planting of 311,000 in just three years, and say they have 58 hectares of bush regeneration underway.

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Drugs bad, alcohol good

Reading David Heilpern’s satirical article (24 August) I remembered the huge sign over Ewingsdale Road near the hospital with dramatic words to the effect of: ‘RBT. You won’t get away with driving and drugs.’ No mention of which drugs....

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Council housing project moves forward, despite consultation concerns

Plans to build around 30 affordable housing units above a car park in central Mullumbimby have taken another step forward with councillors voting to put the project to tender for a community housing provider to help run the project.

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Supporting building on floodplains

It seems Dom Perrottet has issued a request for the flood study to support the disaster arranged by Steph Cooke and Michael Lyon. Instead of issuing a stop work order to support his public statement, ‘no building on floodplains’.  A...

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Gerontocracy rules, okay?

The American president displays the unmistakable signs of old age. He shows a frailty in his movements, and a tendency to forget names.

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Bernard Collaery to speak in Ballina, Oct 15

Activist lawyer, Bernard Collaery, will be guest speaker at an upcoming Australian Bravery Association function, to be held at the Ballina RSL Club on October 15. 

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Pointless planning

I recently completed a bathroom addition, and had initially decided to install a bidet. During the building process, I decided to omit the bidet. When it came to applying for the final occupation certificate, I discovered that I had to...

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Odd row of lights

Please explain the row of 46 lights I saw track steadily across the sky at 5.25am in a SE-NW direction, west of Mullum, on Wednesday the 13 July. They were at about plane/helicopter height. Then the lights went out....

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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. 

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Rail trail option to be explored for disused railway 

Byron Council will investigate building a bike and pedestrian path beside the rail line between Mullumbimby and Wooyung, in a bid to make use of the currently unused track.

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Trees away

Last week my breakfast reverie was interrupted by the sound of chainsaws close by. Looking out I saw a team of men in hi-vis jackets, two of whom had jumped the boundary fence to access my paddock and were...

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Cartoon of the week – 31 August, 2022

The Echo loves your letters and is proud to provide a community forum on the issues that matter most to our readers and the people of the NSW north coast. So don’t be a passive reader, send us your epistles.

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Matt Hall Racing supporting flood recovery

The Northern Rivers Aero Club is raising money to rebuild after a 1-in-500 year flood earlier this year devastated the facilities, planes, equipment and their historic memorabilia. Courtesy of QBE, the Northern Rivers region will be treated to an aerobatic...

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Eight gigs of hardcore porn

The Drill Hall Theatre in Mullumbimby presents Eight Gigabytes of Hardcore Pornography – before the censorship police come storming into Mullum, the director of this new production, Liz Chance, is quick to allay concerns. ‘Sorry guys, there is no actual pornography in...

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Interview with Lauren Bos and Damien Cole from Varuna Surf

Stoked Woodsniffers, Bos & Cole  Partners in business and in life, Lauren Bos and Damien Cole from Varuna Surf are stoked to be part of the 2022 Byron Bay Surf Festival. Co-founder Damien, and Director of Marketing, Lauren, run the...

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The art of stand-up

Mandy Nolan knows what it takes to be funny. She’s been doing it for decades. She knows the power humour has to connect. The power it has to transform complex ideas into something accessible. ‘Comedy has always been my super...

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Love For One Night

NORPA, one of Australia’s leading regionally-based theatre companies, may have lost their Lismore performing arts centre in the devastating floods but it hasn’t stopped the company from creating something beautiful, powerful and joyous with its new major work Love for One...

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Spring pulls you onto the dance floor 

Spring is ‘Pullen’ you onto the dance floor at September’s Nudge Nudge Wink Wink! Internationally lauded Australian DJ Scott Pullen, and locally-based DJ LustR join our beloved Cunning Stunts resident DJs Lord Sut & Dale Stephen who always bring...

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Community market at Crabbes Creek

The Crabbes Creek Community will be welcoming bargain hunters to their community market and garage sale. This spring event will be held at the Crabbes Creek Community Hall on Crabbes Creek Road. If you have not visited before, then come...

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Domestic violence service calls for urgent action to address crisis

Relationships Australia NSW is calling for urgent intervention from the NSW government to address men’s violence against women, following the horrific murder of Molly Ticehurst.

Menacing dog declaration revoked

After an emotional deputation from the owner of the dog involved, Ballina Shire Council has this morning revoked a menacing dog declaration for the kelpie Lilo, which was brought into effect following a bite in July 2022.

More Byron CBD height exceedance approved

Two multi-storey mixed-use developments with a combined value of $36.2 million have been approved for the centre of Byron Bay, despite both exceeding height limits for that part of the Shire.

eSafety commissioner granted legal injunction as X refuses to hide violent content

Australia’s Federal Court has granted the eSafety commissioner a two-day legal injunction to compel X, Elon Musk’s social media platform, to hide posts showing graphic content of the Wakeley church stabbing in Sydney.