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Storylines – An escape from reality

I am a teacher. I teach at University Canberra, on Ngunnawal country, in ACT. This university went into ‘Lockdown’ about...

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Lismore Council elections

I’m somewhat bemused by the candidates for the Lismore Council election. One ticket has 14 candidates, when there are...

Lismore Councillor candidate bios – Group E: Our Sustainable Future

The Echo asked all the Lismore Councillor candidates to send in a bio. Led by current Councillor Elly Bird, the Our Sustainable Future team is Group E.

Grumpy Grandma’s 

There are few in the region who aren’t familiar with Grumpy Grandma’s olives. Tim Stone and his wife Lynne...

Candidates against the train

Bruce Clarke, Mark Swivel and Asren Pugh have officially stated they do not believe it’s worth trying to get...

Personal responsibility?

Every month I, and many like me, make a worrying trip to pathology to have my blood tested. I...

Cartoon of the week – 1 December, 2021

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Stories about "Byron shire rate rise":

Byron Labor condemns biggest rate rise in NSW

The Byron Labor Secretary Asren Pugh has slammed the decision by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) to approve the 33.5 per cent rate rise for the Byron Shire.

Byron council rate rise approved by IPART

Byron Shire Council’s request to have rates raised has been approved by the The Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal. IPART says the approval is for a 33.55 per cent cumulative increase over four years to be retained permanently in the rate base.

Cr Ndiaye’s response to the rate rise

Byron Shire Cr Sarah Ndiaye On Thursday we voted on a rate rise of 7.5 per cent inclusive of  the rate peg. This was lower than the...

Labor’s last-ditch bid to stop Byron rate rise

Byron Shire ALP councillor Paul Spooner says the case has ‘not effectively been made’ for a special rates increase in Byron Shire and is calling on fellow councillors to delay any increase for at least a year.

Alternatives to Byron’s ‘inevitable’ rate rise

Jens Krause, Byron Bay. Byron Shire Council wants shiny back roads, shiny new cars and shiny new rate bills for residents. At Thursday’s council meeting...

Open letter to Byron councillors on rate rises

Neil Morrison, Byron Bay. Dear Councillors, In the matter of BSC’s proposals for various rate increases over the period I believe firstly your notices inclosed with...

Make Byron Bay tourists pay

Gerd Modlich, Byron Bay One has only to stroll through the Byron CBD to realise there is a lot of money in the pockets of...

Open letter over Byron rate rises

C Cree, Ocean Shores. Dear Mr Gainger, I feel you are missing the current feel of all the ratepayers within the Byron Shire. As more and...

Byron council’s honeymoon ended

The sheen is already coming off the recently elected progressive Byron Shire Council, with Byron Labor attacking the Greens-led council over its proposed major rate increases and its handling of negotiations to purchase the Suffolk Park sports field.

Airbnb tax

D Haydock, Suffolk Park I’ve previously suggested that Byron Shire Council should introduce a bed tax. I’ve now been told that this is not allowed by...

Cr Basil Cameron’s Mayoral choice

Cr Cate Coorey is my choice for mayor. I have worked with Cate on Council for the last five years. She has the experience and...

Lismore Council elections

I’m somewhat bemused by the candidates for the Lismore Council election. One ticket has 14 candidates, when there are only 10 councillors and a...

Evidence-based claims on Dunoon Dam

Why is it that all I hear from the pro-dammers is: ‘Save Our Dam’, ‘Build the dam’ or some similar three-word slogan? I have...

Personal responsibility?

Every month I, and many like me, make a worrying trip to pathology to have my blood tested. I am one of the many...