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Tweed Council says ‘No’ to State government taking their developer income

Tweed Shire Councillors have rejected a proposal by the NSW government, that would reduce the ability of local councils to collect infrastructure contributions from developers.

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Champion a cause

Delighted to read Dan Reade’s letter (September 1) calling for everyone to take a new cause to champion. I...

Lismore LGA to re-enter Queensland border bubble

Now that Lismore LGA is out of lockdown, the number of acceptable reasons for residents to cross the border into Queensland has increased.

A new COVID-19 case flies into the Far North Coast

The Northern NSW Local Health District has confirmed that there is a new case of COVID-19 in Northern NSW today, and they will be included in NSW Health’s official reporting tomorrow.

A letter to my vaccine-hesitant friends

Brought to you by The Echo and Cosmos Magazine Addressing your concerns… A few weeks ago, I discovered that some of my friends –...

The old slouch hat

‘This is my favourite,’ we say espite the painfully obvious fact that we all, from time to time enjoy a wide variety...

Water resilience

A number of groups in the Byron Shire have been working our way each month through topics set for...

Stories about "council amalgamations":

Hodgkinson opposes forced amalgamations

Senior NSW Nationals MP Katrina Hodgkinson has spoken out against the possibility of forced council amalgamations. But, while welcoming her support, Local Government New South Wales says she's misinformed about the 'rural model' for local councils.

Govt ‘stacks deck’ on council amalgamations

The NSW government was stacking the deck against councils by demanding they meet own source revenue benchmarks and then slamming them as greedy when...

Forced council mergers likely under Baird govt

The forced merger of councils has not been ruled out by the NSW government, leading the state’s peak body that represents local government to accuse the Liberals and Nationals of planning amalgamation 'by stealth'.

Byron, Ballina ‘not merger targets’

The mayors of both Byron and Ballina shires have emphatically stated they are not interested in a merger, despite the state government flagging council amalgamations as part of its Fit for the Future plan, announced on Wednesday.

Councils urged to merge under new state plan

Tweed and Lismore councils have welcomed a state government plan that offers struggling metropolitan and regional councils financial incentives to merge with their neighbours, even though council mergers are not guaranteed to produce budgetary savings.

Cadwallader determined to win support for new water science team as part of Dunoon Dam campaign

Cr Cadwallader has taken advantage of a local government rule allowing councillors to reintroduce a failed motion without having to wait three months if they have the signed support of at least two other councillors.

More Byron COVID contact locations

The number of Byron 'venues of concern' associated with a confirmed case of COVID-19 from a worker on I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here! has increased.

Ring of steel called for as Byron and Tweed locked down – again

Councillors and members of parliament from across the region are calling for greater restrictions on who can come to the Northern Rivers and other vulnerable regional areas from COVID hotspots in NSW.

A matter of choice

I have chosen to receive a vaccination. Others have chosen not to. Unless we are living in some totalitarian state, that should be the end of...