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Flood on Prince Street

It seems that the strongest impediment to the Prince Street temporary housing is the addition of fill to the...

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Festival goer dies with meningococcal disease

Late last night thousands of Splendour in the Grass ticket holders received an email alerting them that NSW Health has been notified of two cases of meningococcal disease in people who attended the festival.

Recognising history

I arrived in Mullum from Sydney in 1976 – I loved the town and the people and felt like...

Party kits to celebrate sustainably

Ballina Shire Council and Richmond Tweed Regional Libraries have joined forces to offer reusable kids’ party kits, as part of their ongoing commitment to reduce single use items across the shire.

Neanderthal vs. modern humans: Slow and steady wins the brain game

Our closest human relatives are Neanderthals and their Asian relatives the Denisovans. The differences between Homo sapiens and these other groups are encoded in changes to the amino acids which are the building blocks of proteins in our cells and tissues.

Santos garden

I walked into the open gate at the Santos community garden space with my three-year-old and was asked very...

Splendour cash disbursed

Schools and community groups have shared in community grants worth  $50,000 from Splendour in the Grass. 

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Short term rentals under scrutiny in Ballina Shire

Ballina Council staff have delivered a report about short term letting issues in the area, as a severe housing shortage continues to bite across the Northern Rivers.

90-day cap on holiday letting moves closer

The Byron Shire Council says it’s ‘one step closer’ to receiving government permission for a 90-day annual limit on short-term rental accommodation (STRA) in parts of the Shire.

Airbnb steps up

In coordination with the NSW Government and the Australian Red Cross, Airbnb has announced that hosts can offer free, temporary accommodation to evacuees impacted by the catastrophic NSW floods.

Are Byron Shire owners failing to register their Airbnbs?

Hundreds of people who own short-term holiday rentals in the Byron Shire are flouting the State Government’s new registration rules, according to Victims of Holiday Letting.

Govt delays action on holiday letting

The desperately-needed 90-day cap on un-hosted holiday letting promised to Byron locals by the State Government has become ensnared in a web of departmental obstructions and delays.

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.

Editorial – Bye bye, Prince St froggies

It’s worth pausing to reflect on the mass frogacide that just happened on Prince Street, Mullum, which was led by unquestioning Byron Shire councillors and Resilience NSW.

Byron Council to vote on major flood recovery works  

Major drainage enhancements in flood-affected areas, and the employment of a Council officer to help residents rebuild and return to their homes, are among a raft of measures proposed by Byron Council under the latest round of disaster funding.

Car park housing

In recent weeks the idea by Council to develop the existing car park in Station Street has dropped out of the news and out...

Secrecy surrounds govt’s Reconstruction Corp

Echo questions remain unanswered around the advisory board appointments for the Northern Rivers Reconstruction Corporation, which the NSW government says will help with ‘rebuilding flood-affected Northern Rivers’.