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 →
Tom Tabart, Drysdale, Victoria. Ratepayers are about to buy themselves a new [Byron shire] council general manager. Unfortunately the choice is in the hands of currently elected councillors who have shown little understanding of their own role let alone what to do with a GM.
With the admission by Byron Shire Council that they have a public trust deficit in their decision-making, councillors voted last week to pay consultants to help improve their image.
Margaret Keating, Ocean Shores. I read in The Echo last issue, that $10million is to be spent to redevelop Cavanbah Centre owing to ‘poor planning prior to construction’. This centre only opened five years ago. At least we now know... Read More →
Their eco-friendly lunch boxes have been carefully packed, graphite-free pencils sharpened, and fair-trade thongs polished to a stunning shine. It can mean only one thing – the holidays are over for Byron’s local councillors.
Wayne Penn, Binna Burra. Dogs and horses have more beach set aside for them in Byron Shire than naturists. With more than 40 kilometres of coastline, the council has designated just 800 metres for naturists – and with the nearest car park... Read More →
Byron Council should scrap its community roundtable meetings and take a careful look at the ‘squeaky wheels’ on the Byron Bay Town Centre Masterplan (BBMP)group if it wants genuine community participation, council’s outgoing general manager said in a report to councillors.
Byron Shire Council is inviting NSW Department of Planning staff to brief staff and councillors about the development application (DA) for the permanent use of the North Byron Parklands Cultural Events site for events catering for up to 50,000 patrons.
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