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$6.8 million Tweed pound contract awarded

The Tweed Shire Council has awarded a $6.8 million contract for design and construction of a new state-of-the-art animal pound and rehoming centre.

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No ‘key worker’ or ‘affordable housing’ for Ballina Council’s Wollongbar development

On the second last piece of Ballina Shire Council-owned residential land they have decided to develop the land with no affordable or public housing components. 

Wallum developer welcomes arrests

The developer behind the beleaguered Wallum urban subdivision on rare and sensitive land in Brunswick Heads welcomed the recent arrests of protectors who have blockaded the site over the last four months.

Emergency tower works stopped

Installation of an emergency services mobile tower on a popular visitor look-out in Wilsons Creek is on hold, after a local NSW MP raised concerns that the area had been misidentified as regrowth.

Cartoon of the week – June 19, 2024

The Echo loves your letters and is proud to provide a community forum on the issues that matter most to our readers and the people of the NSW north coast. So don’t be a passive reader, send us your epistles.

Do you have an IF?

When 12-year-old Bea moves into her grandmother Margaret’s apartment in New York, while her father waits for heart surgery in the same hospital where her mother died of cancer years earlier, she chafes against his playful antics, insisting she can handle the situation with maturity.

Supporting women’s mental health in Ballina

Women are twice as likely to be diagnosed with depression or anxiety, and one in five women compared to one in eight men suffer from mental ill health or disorder.

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Councillor pushes for Shire-wide traffic focus

Cr Alan Hunter will present a motion at this Thursday’s meeting for a ‘requirement to have all Council traffic and movement related committees adopt a policy to have one minute per kilometre average inter-village journey travel time in the Shire as a part of an overall vision’.

Suffering the (permanent) Byron traffic chaos

G Graham, Byron Bay. Traffic chaos! Who would have predicted it? Not Byron Shire Council. Close one lane at Belongil Creek and sit back and watch what happens on your average Tuesday morning.

Roundabout solution for Suffolk Park traffic problems

Suffolk Park shoppers will have to put up with traffic congestion for quite a bit longer after a Byron Shire Council plan to install traffic lights at the busy Clifford Street/Broken Head Road intersection was knocked on the head by RMS.

Time for car-free zones in Byron

Mell Coppin, Byron Bay. Is it impossible to consider a Byron Bay with car-free zones? Couldn’t this amazing place filled with forward thinking people explore the possibility of a place with an alternative transport system?

‘Two lanes in’ works

Charles MacFarland, Ewingsdale. My hat's off to the Byron Shire councillors for solving the traffic problem getting into Byron. Especially Rose Wanchap, whose idea it was (or so I've heard) to put in two lanes to the main roundabout.

Lycra bikers stop residents in their tracks

Fred Forsyth, Suffolk Park. My wife and I, with over $160 worth of groceries, some needing refrigeration, and a dog getting hotter and more distressed in the car were told we could not use Bangalow Road (which is the street we reside in) for two hours.

Triathlon blamed for traffic chaos

Long delays, lack of signage, dangerous driving and seemingly uncoordinated traffic control were just some of the complaints Echonetdaily has received about the results of road closures imposed by Saturday’s Byron Bay Triathlon.

Byron traffic management needs online info

Garth Luke, Mullumbimby. Given that pressures on the road from the highway into Byron are likely to only get worse, why don’t we try to use this road better?

Doubling lanes into Byron will add to congestion

Duncan Dey, Byron shire councillor. Byron Shire Council’s public transport system is failing. Proposals to double the car lanes into Byron may appear to help but experience with all road expansion programs shows that, once the new capacity is ‘discovered’, it moves the congestion to where the upgrade finishes and compounds it as well.

Is there a sustainable future for Byron Bay?

Ian Oelrichs OAM, Fellow, Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, Coopers Shoot. We must not allow intemperate decisions by a few people to put Byron Bay’s sustainable future at risk. The over $200,000 that Council voted last week to spend on trying to increase traffic flow into Byron’s CBD is premature.

Curtains up on Byron High’s debut musical

After many months of hard work and rehearsing, Byron Bay High School students and staff  are about to perform their musical whodunnit on June...

Wallum developer welcomes arrests

The developer behind the beleaguered Wallum urban subdivision on rare and sensitive land in Brunswick Heads welcomed the recent arrests of protectors who have blockaded the site over the last four months.

Fresh police appeal for witnesses in Gage Wilson case

Police have issued a fresh public appeal for witnesses in the case of missing Mullumbimby man Gage Wilson.

Ballina MP mostly welcomes state budget announcements

Greens Member for Ballina Tamara Smith has welcomed some of Labor’s funding announcements in last week’s state budget, including a new Fire and Rescue station for Byron Bay and more firies.