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Tweed council catching up on DA backlog

Tweed Shire Council staff say they’re catching up on and reducing the number of outstanding development applications [DAs] lodged locally.

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Cr Dicker calls on Ballina Council to look at future options for Wollongbar pods 

Visiting the Wollongbar pod village over the weekend, after residents were given notice to leave the pods by November, Cr Kiri Dicker said: ‘It’s total waste of taxpayers’ money to tear it down when the shortage of housing is so severe’.

Tikkun Olam

David Heilpern's brilliant article 'Zionism, antisemitism and Israel' stands in complete contrast to former Israeli defence minister Moshe Dayan's...

Swimmer’s smart-watch sends distress alert 

A local swimmer who got caught in a rip and rough seas at Tallows Beach has survived the ordeal by using his smartwatch to call triple zero.

Maintenance work Blackwall Drive, Wardell

Maintenance work is being carried out on Blackwall Drive, Wardell starting Monday 22 July.

Dirty laundry

Beacon Laundry’s half-page ad (Echo, July 3) trumpets the promise of ‘clean karma’. This is the same business, a multimillion-dollar...

Mrs Elliot

It’s very unfortunate that Justine Elliot has so little confidence in herself or her party that she needs to...

May 22, 2024

Byron Shire Echo issue 38.50 – May 22, 2024

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Byron biz digs in for BayFM

The Byron business community gathered at Fishheads for their new menu launch and a fundraiser for Bay FM last week, with $1,360 being raised for the independent radio station.

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Mullum SEED Eco Hub gets $600k

A $600,000 federal grant for the community facilities at the Mullumbimby Sustainability Education and Enterprise Development Inc will see new facilities developed.

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Byron Shire roads update

The Rifle Range Road intersection upgrade has begun in Bangalow, says Council staff, after a false start last month.

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Secret MoU adopted for flood co-operation

Mayor Michael Lyon downplayed the secrecy surrounding his request that councillors support a non-binding memorandum of understanding with flood recovery agencies and the body that represents local councils.

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Contaminated fuel claims

A man who says a petrol station in the southern Tweed Heads area sold him contaminated fuel is seeking any other motorists who may have experienced the same. 

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The Red Heart project helps African women recycle pads 

Something that we don’t always stop to think about is how African women access menstrual and hygiene products – pads, tampons, moon cups, sponges or other ways to manage that monthly bleed. 

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First observations of meltwater eating away at Antarctic ice shelves

Scientists who have witnessed Antarctic ice shelf decay are escalating concerns that rising air temperatures will push these frozen masses to unprecedented fractures.

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MP Saffin clarifies claims around flood recovery

The office of Lismore Labor MP, Janelle Saffin, has made the claim that ‘No government, state or federal, has cut the funding promised for Resilient Homes and Resilient Land programs’ for 2022 flood recovery – see letters page 11.

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Who is responsible?

Teenage (stabbing) crime. Here I go again! Why are these kids allowed out of the house before their parents take stock of their kitchen knives? This may appear to be an unreasonable suggestion, but by the same token, why...

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Live animal export

For well over 20 years, the government has been promising to stamp out the horrendous cruelty and abuses fundamental to the live export of Australian sheep and cattle. They have utterly failed. A shocking new PETA exposé shows that workers...

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Danny’s world

John Scrivener, yet again, in his latest incredibly biased anti-Israel letter in last week’s paper shows us nothing new. Again, people who can’t even bring themselves to feel compassion for the suffering of both Palestinians and Israelis are the...

Potholes deep dive

While Byron Council tells residents there’s no funding to repair flood-damaged roads and vital access to peoples’ homes, or fix the dangerous craters in the roads we have to drive on, its seems funding can be found for Byron...

The Darling Muffs of May need your help to reach fundraising...

Raising money to support frontline services for women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness has been the driving force behind the Darling Muffs of May’s fundraising this year.

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Death and Dying expo May 25

On Saturday May 25, a free Death and Dying expo will be held at the Mullumbimby Civic Hall from 10am-2pm.

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New attractions for Mullum2Bruns Paddle

There’s new free activities to enjoy at Banner Park in Brunswick Heads after this year’s Mullum2Bruns Paddle, which will be held this Sunday, May 26, from 9.30am till 2.30pm.

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Five hours spent at last Thursday’s Byron Council

If you need a fix of local government decision-making, you could dip into the odd five-hour online recording of what occurred at last Thursday’s Council meeting.

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Budget wash up

Editorial – Optics vs reform

One of the more hyped elements of last week’s federal budget was a $300 handout to every homeowner to alleviate the increase in energy costs.

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Housing: too important to leave to private market

It saddens me every time I get to the back of The Echo and see all the real estate ads, so I was mortified to see the whole mini magazine of Property inside my Echo a couple of weeks...

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Shambolic roads

With regards to the Echo article, ‘Let’s dive deep into potholes’ (May 15), I am appalled at the attitude and the utter sense of a lack of responsibility of Byron Shire Council and local MP Tamara Smith. Our local roads...

Kinship Festival returns Saturday 25 May to Murwillumbah

The Kinship Festival – a free North Coast cultural festival led by First Nations people – will be held in Knox Park, Murwillumbah on Saturday, 25 May.

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Legal system fails to keep kids safe

Fifteen years ago, Karen Bell’s three children – Bon 18 months, Maddie 5, and Jack 7, were found with their dead father Gary Bell in a vehicle at Perico – a collapsed hippy colony on the NSW far south coast.

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Homelessness service funded – but only for a year

With 2024 Street Count data indicating a 16 per-cent increase in rough sleepers in Byron Shire, the NSW government has responded to say that the previously-announced Assertive Outreach team will receive $1.3m in funding for a year.

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Rally demands action over Gaza

As the crisis in Gaza continues to escalate, a march through Byron’s streets last Saturday demanded immediate action from the Australian Labor government to stop the genocide and mass starvation of the Palestinian civilian population in Gaza.

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Causes of death

There’s been a lot of talk about an epidemic of violence against women lately, including Dr Ray Moynihan’s article in the last Echo. I like to put these things in perspective, so I made a perusal of some statistics about...

Flood 2022

I congratulate Lismore’s Trinity College work experience student Bella Clay on her article (Echo, April 26), relating her family’s lived experience since the 2022 floods. My heart goes out to Bella and so many of our community members severely impacted...

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King tide flooding in Ballina

King tides in Ballina are expected to cause minor flooding of some local roads this week.

Teenage girl missing from Coffs Harbour

Police are asking the public for help finding a teenage girl reported missing from the Coffs Harbour area over the weekend.

Ballina motel siege: captives freed after 6 hrs

A man is to face court today after allegedly holding a woman and a small child against their will in a Ballina unit on Friday.

Editorial – Water politics is undrinkable 

Until now, the most significant difference between Mayor Michael Lyon (independent, former Green) and Greens challenger Cr Sarah Ndiaye has been on the Wallum fiasco.