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COVID-19 update: 5 new cases in the NNSWLHD

Northern NSW Local Health District, Acting Chief Executive, Lynne Weir, says there were five new cases of COVID-19 reported for the District to 8pm last night, 21 October.

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Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Love U 4 EV

In order to transition from a fossil fuel powered car industry I think we need to address our car culture. We’re petrol heads. Mad Max would have been a very different movie if Mel had to find a charging station instead of fuel.

Privately owned, but still ‘sacred site’ – Nimbin church burns to the ground

Last night at around 9pm, St Patrick's Catholic Church in Nimbin burned to the ground.

STP problems ignored

The people in Byron Shire need to start asking Byron Shire Council (BSC) and councillors when are they actually...

Love Island takes over Federal – time to test the law?

The NSW government legislation has provided a permit for screen filming on private land in NSW without any Council oversight or accountability. This has led to Federal Village currently being overrun by the ITV film company.

Stranded local artist shares stories from India

Vrinda Gleeson prepared for her new exhibition in a small London bedsit where she is living until she can return to her Northern Rivers home.

New COVID cases in Ballina and Clarence Valley

Two new cases of COVID-19 have been reported for Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWHD) in the 24 hours to 8pm 19 October.

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Byron Council’s ‘significant concerns’ over holiday letting laws

Staff are recommending councillors write again to the planning minister seeking an urgent meeting to request deferral of the Shire from new planning rules that are set to come into affect in January 2019.

Byron Council set to fine holiday-let owners

With nearly 20 per cent of all homes in Byron Shire now being holiday let, Council has announced it will start fining unauthorised owners. It will place a particular focus on people renting out secondary dwellings on their proprerty.

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: SAVE BYRON

Next time you blow a tyre on a pothole in our Shire, don’t curse Council, curse your neighbours who live in Sydney, Melbourne, or Brisbane and rent their house out on Airbnb or Booking.com. It’s their greed that put it there.

Byron Council won’t take legal action over holiday-let complaints

‘Council is not commencing any new legal actions with respect to short-term holiday letting until the NSW government finalises its reforms in this area,’ staff said.

Holiday letting legislation passes NSW parliament

A new law passed in NSW parliament last week that aims to regulate the holiday letting industry. Yet it comes incomplete, with major elements such as proposed changes to the SEPP and a code of conduct still to be finalised. 

Govt ignores Airbnb levy as part of letting reforms

The state government's holiday letting bill is expected to pass parliament this week, yet critics say it is unworkable and vague. And those operators who have DA approvals say it will decimate their industry and leave Council with less revenue.

Byron B&B providers meet to oppose holiday-letting laws

Angered by the state's proposed new holiday-letting laws, a large group of Byron Shire’s approved accommodation operators are set to meet Ballina MP Tamara Smith (Greens) this Thursday to discuss stopping them in their tracks.

Byron seeks exemption from govt holiday-let policy

Byron Shire Council is seeking an exemption from the state government’s new short-term holiday-letting laws in a last ditch bid to preserve its policy of restricting short-term letting in residential areas.

Greens, ALP slam Sydney-centric holiday-let rules

New state government restrictions on short-term holiday letting will not apply locally unless councils directly act to implement them and there is no room to vary the 180-day period.

Saving community – the argument against Airbnb

The unauthorised use of residential dwellings for tourism has been contentious in Byron Shire since 2003.

NSW Education responds to Teachers Federation over Murwillumbah Education Campus staff cuts

The NSW Education Department has responded to the NSW Teachers Federation's accusation that Education Minister Sarah Mitchell has only just revealed the extent of staff cuts at the mega school.

The Rebels and the Wraiths visit Nationals: ‘We are facing a planetary crisis’

As part of a fortnight of climate actions and protests with the Extinction Rebellion, over 30 activists visited MP Kevin Hogan’s office in Lismore yesterday pushing ghostly empty white prams.

NSW Legislative Council expresses concerns over push to burn native forests for power

The NSW Legislative Council unanimously passed a motion expressing its concerns over the growing push by industry to burn NSW native forests for electricity and hydrogen production.

Diadem Street, Lismore

Around 2,000 residents in Lismore lost their electricity connection on Wednesday night after a large gum tree took out power lines.