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Tweed Council to write to government for more housing support

With a shortage of affordable housing in most areas of the Far North Coast, it is not surprising that Tweed is also feeling the pinch and Council has declared a housing emergency in the area owing to a lack of availability and affordability.

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Cr Keith Williams calls for consultation on South Ballina Beach access

At today's Ballina Council meeting, Cr Keith Williams is going to urge council to write to the NSW Minister for Crown Lands about South Ballina beach, which has recently been closed to public 4WD access.

Flawed plan

Kai Beijerbacht, Mullumbimby For those of you who haven’t been living under a rock, I’m sure you are aware of the...

Yamba restaurants

I’m often asked about Yamba, one of our favourite holiday spots over the last 20 years. With a great range of beaches, walks, tennis courts, skate parks and accommodation etc it’s been great for the kids growing up, and they still love it. Plus, it’s now only 90 minutes’ drive from Mullumbimby.

Understand climate?

Peter Olson, Goonengerry Have you noticed it getting a bit chilly at night recently? Do you think we will have a...

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Byron’s Back

‘Byron’s dead’. That’s the statement that I often hear. Or ‘I never go there anymore it’s lost’ or ‘Byron died years ago’. It always makes me feel a bit sad and defensive. I have such a love for this place, although I curse it when I get stuck in snaking traffic at 8am on a weekday morning or I can’t find a park near where I am going.

Holiday lets

David Wallace, Suffolk Park The following query was recently sent to NSW Planning Minister Mr Rob Stokes: On Friday, 9 April, 2021,...

Stories about "Airbnb":

Byron Council staff to pursue solutions to assist ‘key workers’ 

Are all private housing developments greed-driven enterprises that should be stopped from destroying our peaceful towns and villages?

Battle over regions tourism future heats up

The battle over the future of the regions tourism industry is heating up as Byron Shire Councils gets closer to their submission to the state government on short term holiday lets.

Surge of ex-Airbnbs hits rental market

There has been a large increase in the number of properties available for rent in the Byron Shire, as former Airbnb and short-term holiday...

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.

Residents want regulation for Airbnb and holiday letting

The impact on local communities of short term holiday letting on platforms like Airbnb has come under the microscope in northern NSW with a recent study clearly identifying a need for regulation.

A closer peek at Byron Shire Council’s holiday letting policy

Residents have until January 30 to have their say on Council’s short term holiday letting policy that will aim to regulate holiday letting through platforms like Airbnb and Stayz.

Editorial: Watch out! It’s biased

Everyone has a bias – it’s a natural human condition. It’s always a surprise to hear a political actor complain that The Echo is biased. The issue is really about fairness, not bias. Let's take holiday letting, like on Airbnb as an example...

Licenced B&Bs, resorts and backpackers under the hammer as AirBnB bites

Paul Bibby With the rise of Airbnb-listed properties, a host of bed and breakfasts, resorts, and even a local backpackers hostel have all gone on...

Unrestricted holiday letting to continue regardless of election result: AirBnB

Short-term holiday letting giant AirBnB has told members they will be able to continue letting virtually without restriction no matter who wins this Saturday’s state election.

Airbnb mute on its political campaign

Airbnb’s Australian public policy and media spokesperson, a former NSW Government staffer, has declined to comment on whether his company is waging a political campaign against NSW Labor’s policy on holiday letting.

Simon Richardson steps down as Byron Shire Mayor

In an eventful day for Byron Shire Council, pot-stirrer Fast Buck$ was ejected from the council chambers yesterday and later Cr Simon Richardson announced that he will be stepping down as mayor from the end of next week.

Pay parking for Lennox Head?

Yesterday's Ballina Shire Council meeting saw councillors raise the spectre of paid parking at Lennox Head, and possibly elsewhere in the shire.

They will not be forgotten…

In the wake of the pandemic restrictions, ANZAC Day will be commemorated in a COVID safe fashion and some areas will ask residents to...

East Ballina Lions desperately needs new members

East Ballina Lions Club has given over thirty years of service to numerous community programs and initiatives, but if it doesn't get more members soon, it will have to close.