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Council continued to downplay the noise from trucks associated with the proposed bioenergy plant in last week’s Echo. This is...

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Tweed Shire Councillors have rejected a proposal by the NSW government, that would reduce the ability of local councils to collect infrastructure contributions from developers.

Ring of steel called for as Byron and Tweed locked down – again

Councillors and members of parliament from across the region are calling for greater restrictions on who can come to the Northern Rivers and other vulnerable regional areas from COVID hotspots in NSW.

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Using the Land and Environment Court (L&EC) to exclude effective public dialogue on development appears to, once again, be being used to drive forward development in the Northern Rivers.

Richmond Valley Council looks at thermal waste to energy

At last night’s Richmond Valley Council meeting, councillors looked at a recommendation that Council receives and notes the information on the next steps to seek Alternate Waste Treatment solutions for landfill and recyclable waste streams.

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Bangalow food hub proposal withdrawn

Updated, Wednesday, 5.30pm Byron Shire Council has confirmed that a controversial development application for a massive food processing estate on the outskirts of Bangalow has been withdrawn by the proponents following widespread objection to the development.

Parties united in opposition to food hub

Asren Pugh, Bangalow.  It’s refreshing to see cross-party opposition to the food hub near Bangalow. It should now be clear to the Joint Regional Planning Panel...

Nat joins Greens in opposing Bangalow food precinct site

In a rare show of bipartisanship, North Coast Nationals MLC Ben Franklin has joined his Greens counterpart Dawn Walker in calling for the Joint Regional Planning Panel to reject a controversial industrial food processing complex on rural land just outside of Bangalow.

Food precinct could endanger Bangalow’s koalas: Greens

North Coast Greens MP and koala protection spokesperson Dawn Walker has raised the plight of Bangalow’s koala population in NSW Parliament and thrown her support behind the community campaign against the proposed mega food precinct at Lot 201 Lismore Road, Bangalow.

Food precinct plan morally corrupt

Ean Jones, Bangalow. In reply to Dorothy Andrews, Food hub or housing estate? No-one is denying Brookfarm is a fine company but let’s get a few...

Food hub meeting hears of flawed DA

It was standing room only in the Mullumbimby Council Chambers last Thursday as Bangalow residents and proponents made submissions about a large-scale food hub proposal on Lismore Road, Bangalow.

Byron Council objects to Bangalow ‘food hub’

Byron Shire councillors voted in favour of an urgency motion to object to the rural industries food precinct proposal on Lismore Road, Bangalow, at last week’s Council meeting.

‘Out-of-town’ submissions support food factory development

A key opponent of the so-called Food Precinct planned for Lismore Road, Bangalow, says he believes there has been a coordinated campaign of support for the development, with ‘pro-forma’ submissions from people living outside the area, including one from a seven-year-old child.

Bangalow food precinct plan on exhibition again

A revised development application for the construction of a food factory industrial estate on the edge of Bangalow goes on exhibition again today following a number of amendments.

Generational change among the defenders of Bangalow

She has been a teacher, Byron Shire Councillor, Friends of the Library member and, for many years, secretary of Bangalow Progress Association. But at 83, Jenny Coman says she doesn’t need any excuse to retire from public life.

Byron Bay beach party end in PINS and a charge for biting

Police say a woman has been charged and four Penalty Infringement Notices (PINs) issued following a beach party in the Byron Bay area overnight.

Fundraising for koala signs for Bangalow

As the koala mating season has started, Bangalow Koalas has set up fundraising to create incorporate more koala road signs. Bangalow Koalas, who keep a watch...

Nuclear Submarines – just a foot in the door

In the next few months we will hear a lot about how superior nuclear-powered submarines are. Vice Admiral Mike Noonan is even claiming superior stealth characteristics – which is simply not true. Yes, they tend to be faster. This is great if you want to go thousands of kilometres in a matter of days. But they are also much more expensive.

Compost back on Lismore’s gardening menu

Lismore City Council says that their BIOCycle Compost is again on sale from the Lismore Recycling & Recovery Centre and Nimbin Transfer Station, after a two-year break.