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Knitting Nannas get behind Save Wallum campaign

With porcelain tea cups, lace-covered tables and plenty of knitting the Knitting Nannas Against Greed (KNAG) headed to the...

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New board announced for Dirawong Reserve – no former members selected

A new community board has been appointed to oversee the management of the popular Dirawong Reserve at Evans Head.

Far North Coast Junior Life Savers of the Year announced

Two of the Far North Coast’s brightest young surf life saving talents have been announced as the Newcastle Permanent Junior Surf Life Savers of the Year for 2024.

Green Convoy

Michael Trevaskis (Letters, 8 February) might have enjoyed the extra three years of the miserable and mean Morrison government...

Housing parasites

Trying to fix the housing crisis in the Byron Shire by building more houses is like trying to put...

Interview with Hayley Grace

Hayley Grace’s response to post-flood PTSD, was to look at life and healing in a different way, then come through the other side writing about it – her new single ‘Mary Jane’ is the result. Hayley and The Bay Collective, a raucous seven-piece big band – featuring a full horn section, guitar, bass, keys and percussion – will launch the song this week and play some shows to get it out there. Seven spoke to Hayley on the weekend to get her POV on The Bay Collective and recovery.

Non-alcohol options

Whether you’re going alcohol-free for a period, or just managing your consumption, the better your non-alcoholic drink tastes, the more likely you are to stick to your strategy. While I’m not a big beer drinker, at my local pub I’ll always grab a beer, and the other night I found the Hiatus Non-Alcoholic Pacific Ale, with its classic tropical aromas, but a little bitterness, perfect for the warm summer evening.

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Paul Spooner quits as Byron Community Centre GM

Byron Community Centre general manager (GM) Paul Spooner has announced his resignation.

Housing trust a solution to Byron’s affordability problem

Housing will never be affordable in the Byron Shire unless we seed a revolution in land ownership and control. It’s time for a revolution to begin.

Mullumbimby high density affordable housing proposed

A two-storey affordable housing proposal between Byron Shire Council’s office carpark and the Mullumbimby Community Preschool would see six of the twenty-five one-bedroom units be ‘affordable’ in perpetuity, according to North Coast Community Housing.

Enforcement, not ‘bed tax’ the solution to housing crisis

Trish Burt, Convenor, Neighbours Not Strangers. On the subject of tourist/visitor letting, Byron Shire Cr Paul Spooner believes ‘we need…to convince the state government to...

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.

Labor councillor weighs in over Byron Greens spat

Cr Paul Spooner, who ran on a Labor platform for Byron Shire Council, has come to the defence of staff and Greens mayor, Simon Richardson.

Cr Spooner’s argument for Mullum development a bit lame

Tony Campbell, Mullumbimby. Gee, Cr Paul Spooner, the strength of your support for this sub-division (Echonetdaily letter 12.7.16) re the DA at 116 Stuart Street, Mullumbimby, and your detailed points of argument for the validity of this development are, to me, just as intriguing as the fascination you feel at the fact that others find this proposal objectionable.

Councillor backs Mullum’s multi-unit plan

Cr Paul Spooner, Byron Bay. I supported the proposed 10-unit development for Stuart Street, Mullumbimby, and believe it should go ahead.

The lack of real affordable housing and who to blame

Morgan, Byron Bay. Byron Bay has zero affordable accommodation for renting’ - rather belated revelation. As a person who has been sleeping in her car since 2010, unlike Cr Spooner, I became aware of the aforementioned years ago.

Labor and its carbon scheme myth

Dave Lisle, Mullumbimby. History, according to Napoleon Bonaparte, is a myth that we decide to agree upon. Paul Spooner’s letter last week, which uses the localisation agenda to bash the Greens, is a good example of how myths become accepted history.

NPWS wants to remove beach nudity option

For 26 years, Tyagarah Beach has been an oasis for the region’s naturist community – a space where bodies of all shapes and sizes could roam free without threat of fines or reprimands.

‘Key workers’ removed from Ballina Council’s housing project as Mayor seeks full market rents

Essential workers were the losers at the recent Ballina Council meeting when councillors actively removed the category for ‘key workers’ from their development of rental housing on land it owns in Wollongbar.

Tried catching a bus to TAFE or work in the Northern Rivers – it’s a serious challange

Getting around the Northern Rivers is no easy task without your own transport. Young people are unable to attend TAFE, and you can’t catch public transport to work due to the impossible timing of, and lack of access to, public transport. 

Community tree planting in Mullum Feb 24

Want to help locally to care for our environment and plant trees for our wildlife?