Byron Shire Council has extended the exhibition period for the revised draft Byron Shire Rural Land Use Strategy. The closing date for submissions is now Monday July 24.
Is Byron Shire Council trying to stifle the community’s rights to reject unwanted or questionable development? The question has been raised after it emerged that the council is pursuing court costs from Butler Street residents over their bypass challenge.
Liz Levy, Suffolk Park. Presently open for submissions is Byron Shire Council’s proposal to give a five-year lease to the Byron Visitors Centre Inc (BVC). What commenters can’t know though, it seems, are the terms of the future lease and... Read More →
An extraordinary Byron Shire Council meeting to discuss the West Byron development has been called for tomorrow at the Mullumbimby chambers. It comes as residents and some councillors met Monday night at the Byron Community Centre to work out a strategy against.
Cr Paul Spooner (Country Labor) says that Byron Shire Council is ‘counting its chickens before they hatch,’ over the inclusion of the Byron’s Butler Street bypass within its operational and capital works budget.
Do we get value for money when it comes to road repairs? At the June 22 Council meeting, resident Ivan Saric presented councillors his own assessment of the condition of Coolamon Avenue and the workmanship of roads in the Byron Shire.
Luke Ingram, Wilsons Creek. Byron Shire Council, you have a lot to answer for: high rates paid by only 15,000 people, no tourist tax for the two-million-plus visitors each year. Further increases in rates and the worst bloody roads in the... Read More →
Byron Shire Mayor Simon Richardson has told his followers on social media, ‘We have no choice but to jump back into the trenches and fire off litigation missiles,’ in an effort to curb unauthorised holiday letting in Byron Bay.
Michael Balson, Upper Wilson’s Creek. Last Friday I was about to wash the sand off my dog at that fabulous shower in the reserve opposite the Treehouse restaurant in Belongil, when I noticed a hapless council worker had just finished... Read More →
Today was my first attendance to a Byron Council meeting. It was amazing, I witnessed a mayor completely out of his depth and basically not up to the challenges ahead of him.
‘After weeks of heavy rainfall and flooding, many roads within Byron Shire are heavily pot-holed and falling apart.’ That unlikely confession is an official admission from Byron Shire Council that it has failed over many years to keep up with its road maintenance obligations.
Trish Burt, Convenor, Neighbours Not Strangers. On the subject of tourist/visitor letting, Byron Shire Cr Paul Spooner believes ‘we need…to convince the state government to change’. He misses the point completely. It’s local councils who must be mandated to enforce... Read More →
Byron Shire Council wants to hear from the community about its revised draft rural land release strategy, which will provide a framework for development over the next 20 years.
Dailan Pugh, Byron Bay. I am disgusted with Council’s attempt to shift blame for their failure to prepare a Development Control Plan (DCP) for West Byron onto the state government (Echonetdaily 7/6/2017 Planning minister silent over West Byron development control plan).... Read More →
Owner of the Mullumbimby Middle Pub, Brendan Lawless, has called on others who would be affected by Byron Shire Council’s proposed ‘air tax’ to resist revenue raising from balconies on commercial properties.
Byron Shire Council is in a wrangle with residents of Parmenters Road, Wilsons Creek, who say a large tree threatens to take out a bridge, cutting off access to seven residences.
Frank Lynch, Wilsons Creek. A large tree threatens to take out a bridge at Parmenters Road, Wilsons Creek. It jammed against the bridge in the late March flood and in the recent flood more debris has lodged in it and against the bridge.... Read More →
Kelly Dodd, Brunswick Heads. In the past when a Greens councillor found she could no longer abide by Greens principles, and found that she had more in common with developers than the community that she was supposed to represent, she took... Read More →
Planning minister Anthony Roberts (Liberal) has not responded to communications from Byron Shire Council advising him it would take two months to have the proposed development control plan for the controversial West Byron suburb peer reviewed.
Help for residents of Mullumbimby, Ocean Shores, Billinudgel and other locally affected areas of the Byron Shire still hangs in the balance following cyclone Debbie.
Leigh Rees, Brunswick Heads. I have been working with people who have been researching the activities of the NSW Crown Trust in Brunswick Heads for 20 years. Unlike the Trust, their information has been impeccable. Can you imagine my disappointment in... Read More →
Fast Buck$, Coorabell. Last year Byron Shire Council was trying to establish a set of criteria by which a holiday letter could be prosecuted but needed approval from the Department of Planning to bring them into effect. The department used... Read More →
Cr Sarah Ndiaye, Byron Shire Council. I saw Jan Barham’s article in The Echo in support of Byron Shire Council’s motion 9.3 on Brunswick Heads parkland and acknowledge all the points made; there’s been a lot of bad blood and great... Read More →
Deep division and political backflips have emerged within local Greens members over a move to put plans of management (PoM) on public exhibition for two of the three holiday parks in Brunswick Heads.
Tom Tabart, Bangalow. How about having Byron shire's internal audit committee kick off its new term by looking into the management of the well-endowed sewerage fund over the last 15 years?