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Ballina Shire Council meeting wrap-up

The last Ballina meeting was another bruising encounter for some councillors, though there were several unanimous decisions too.

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Local fisherfolk caught in the parking fine net

FIsherfolk have been caught in the net of parking fines designed to stop travellers parking up for the night on the Tweed Coast Road and they are seeking help to access their beaches at night without fines.

International Women’s Day kerfuffle at Ballina

One councillor walked out of Ballina Council's recent meeting during an emotional discussion about speakers at an upcoming IWD event.

Lennox Rise development clears another hurdle

The massive new residential development planned west of Epiq in Lennox Head continued its progress towards becoming reality at the last Ballina Shire Council meeting.

Monkey see

Daniel Brown, Byron Bay Back in my early youth growing up in Mt Eliza Victoria in the ‘90s I’d secretly...

Constitutional referendum/poll for LG elections for Byron Shire?

Is the wards fight back again? Byron Shire Council staff have advised, in the upcoming agenda, that ‘Council may conduct a Constitutional referendum or poll in conjunction with the Local Government Election, to be held in September 2021’.

Croquet club gets new turf as it prepares to host NSW championship

The Byron Bay Croquet Club is ready for another big year that includes new turf, hosting a state championship and building on last year’s membership growth.

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What should get built where? Have your say…

Community feedback on council’s new draft Employment Lands Strategy is now being sought, which will help shape how much land – and where – should be allocated for industrial, retail and commercial purposes across the Byron Shire.

Alcohol factory

Lani Jensen, Middle Pocket Residents should be aware of the industrial alcohol factory that is proposed for the Middle Pocket. While it calls itself a ‘micro’...

Micro-distillery proposal activates Middle Pocket

A community meeting has been called by residents in Middle Pocket opposed to a proposal for a micro-distillery, which locals claim will further damage an already inadequate, narrow and dangerous road.

Weddings odyssey

Madeleine Green, Myocum There are creative ways to make a dollar in Byron. Turn your place into a holiday destination. Turn your place into a...

Pie-in-the-sky foodie hub mooted for Bangalow

Byron Shire Council is eyeing the RMS donga village at Bangalow with a view to creating a new industrial estate aimed at servicing the expanding gourmet food production sector.

Goodwill missing from Byron council agenda

Cate Coorey, Byron Residents’ Group. Late last year Byron Shire Council resolved to adopt the Community Charter for Good Planning. Since then the concepts of ‘community’ and ‘good planning’ seem to have eluded the pro-overdevelopment councillors.

Struggling with the growth dream

This waterway on Tallow Beach is still open to the sea. Nearly in tears, I stare at the pelican strutting in the cross currents. The lump of knowledge chokes in my throat and I am lost for words. The camera with its telephoto lens holds the image better than memory.

Mandy Nolan’s Soap Box #169 Developing Byron

Given the plethora of new development proposals afflicting the Byron Shire, Mandy has taken up the flag with her own vision for the area. Video Sharon Shostak

Tallowood developers own worst enemies

David Rawlins, Mullumbimby Creek. The developers at Tallowood Ridge are their own worst enemies. They show time and time again their only motivation is money. The angst this causes only fuels the community’s fight.

Tallowood residents fear old-growth, koala tree removal

The Tallowood Ridge Community Association say they are concerned that a three-lot subdivision along the estate’s ridgeline may result in the removal of large trees by future lot owners to protect assets or for the building of sheds and granny flats.

Storylines: Uluru Statement from the Heart

The 'Uluru Statement from the Heart' seeks constitutional reform to empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to have a say and be involved over matters that impact their lives.

‘Groundhog Day’ shifts Splendour to November

Splendour in the Grass 2021 organisers say that Groundhog Day jokes aside, the festival will be rescheduled for a late spring edition, from Friday 19 to Sunday 21 November.

Lennox Rise development clears another hurdle

The massive new residential development planned west of Epiq in Lennox Head continued its progress towards becoming reality at the last Ballina Shire Council meeting.

So you think you’d like to run for Council?

Residents considering running for Tweed Council can attend briefing sessions to find out about being a councillor ahead of local government elections.