Following months of lobbying by local farmers and industry representatives, Council staff told a meeting of representatives last week that the position would finally be filled.
Stage on of Byron Bay’s Railway Square parks upgrade has been completed and has seen the north-eastern corner of the park converted into a ‘plaza’ area, designed as the first step in recapturing the park’s role as the community meeting and gathering space.
Enthusiastic participants in local government affairs took to their popcorn and cushions in the Mullumbimby chambers last Thursday to hear soaring oratory rhetoric of varying degrees of competency by our beloved councillors.
Byron Environment Centre (BEC) and a prominent council watcher say their calls for information about possible radioactive dust pollution during excavation at the Mercato shopping mall site in Byron Bay are falling on deaf ears.
Mayor Simon Richardson has defended the lack of environmental credentials of his Council after activist Dailan Pugh highlighted a lack ecological expertise and the ever increasing development pressures.
Karl Allen, Mullumbimby. Last November all nine councillors voted in favour of taking 22 hectares of Mullumbimby recreation ground and rezoning it urban land consisting of 200 lots of minimum size 200m2. Council bought the 29 hectares (Lot 22) in 2004... Read More →
Fast Buck$, Coorabell. Has anything changed since Ken Gainger walked out of Byron Shire Council a couple of months ago? Not much; certainly the ‘mushroom’ syndrome is still well in place – you know, the one where staff keep councillors... Read More →
Byron Shire Council has been accused of using gibberish on its latest piece of signage, advising locals it is seeking Expressions of Interest for the site of the old South Byron Sewage Treatment Plant on Broken Head Road. But residents want it left as it is.
Do you have an idea for a local project that would need $50,000 or more in funding to complete? If the answer is yes then you have until April 30 to get your application in to get a share of the pie.
Jo Faith, Newtown. October 2017 is eternally inscribed in my mind. With no public notification large trucks began rapidly removing potentially carcinogenic soil and fill from the old sand mining site in Jonson Street with dust flying everywhere. To date, Council has... Read More →
With public submissions closing tomorrow (March 29) for a massive new suburb in Byron Bay, local state Greens MP Tamara Smith delivered 76 West Byron public submissions to Byron Shire Council on Friday.
Byron Mayor Simon Richardson (Greens) has been successful in gaining support to allocate at least 50 per cent of Byron Bay’s pay-parking revenue to masterplan projects from the 2018–2019 financial year.
Byron Shire Council deliberated, debated and voted for a whole ten hours last Thursday, possibly chalking up another record for the state of NSW. To be fair, they could have saved an hour if they had eliminated that pesky morning public-access business.
It’s been a while since former general manager Ken Gainger retired. And with councillors now scratching around for a replacement honcho, what better time to change the sheets, clean the carpets and blaze up some white sage for a smudge?
With council acknowledging its has a trust deficit with the community, a citizens jury panel of 28 randomly selected anonymous ratepayers has been brought into decide how the rate rise funds will be spent. The Echo asked three panellists a few questions.
Byron Shire Council and locally based housing organisation Social Habitat have their eye on a property near the heart of Mullumbimby for a 'tiny homes' affordable housing project. But residents are already lining up to oppose the proposal.
Liz Levy, Suffolk Park. Byron Shire Council is advertising its proposal to amend the LEP to allow additional temporary commercial uses on the rail corridor etc AND to increase ‘temporary’ from 14 days to 52 in 12 months. A huge... Read More →
Byron Shire Deputy Mayor Basil Cameron wants the council’s finances to be more transparent by introducing a budget estimates public access meeting.
Nearly 3000 people have already shared ideas, provided feedback and had their say to help shape Byron Shire’s draft Community Strategic Plan which has been released for public comment until the end of March.
Byron Shire Council considered a plethora of issues ranging from doing business with Adani contractors, reimplementing secondary dwelling contributions, considering affordable housing options and Jonson Street protection works at last week's meeting.
Wilf Sprengel, Ocean Shores. Once our Byron Council was divided into wards and each ward had an elected councillor. Their main duty was all about the three Rs – roads, rubbish and rates. Currently Byron Bay is to Ocean Shores... Read More →
Byron Shire Cr Paul Spooner. My dear mother use to counsel me with ‘people in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.’ Seems to me some local commentators and elected council representatives from years gone by never met my mother. A quick... Read More →
Former Byron Shire general manager Ken Gainger has been critcised for not seeking specific approval from councillors before continuing to defend, at great cost, the Butler Street bypass case that was brought by residents.
Byron Shire Council is about to commence a major prosecution against an allegedly unauthorised short-term holiday-letting operation in the Land and Environment Court. Tweed Shire Council has indicated it is contemplating similar action.
Cr Michael Lyon, The Pocket. Thank you, Hans, for the opportunity to respond to your opinion piece, Courageously avoiding responsibility, which left many of us gobsmacked by its ironic inequity and basic journalistic ineptitude. More time and effort was spent... Read More →