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Murwillumbah’s Budd Park – what do you want to see there?

Tweed Council is seeking community feedback on a draft concept plan to upgrade Budd Park at Murwillumbah, a popular meeting point beside the Tweed River.

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Byron Bay Pickleball offers an open day

Players of all skill levels and  ages have the opportunity to experience the world’s fastest growing racquet sport, pickleball.

Cinema: The Way, My Way

This is the charming and captivating true story of a stubborn, self-centred Australian man who decides to walk the 800-kilometre-long Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route through Spain.

Ongoing roadworks

In response to Scott Wilson (Echo 29 May) questioning Byron Council’s spending on roads and infrastructure, the truth is...

What is the future of Lismore? Here are some ideas for what it could be

After the devastating floods of 2022 the future of Lismore was thrown up in the air and it was time to take a long hard look at what the future of the town would be. 

Jobs for the boys? Mayoral candidates defend appointing former mentor to planning job

With former Greens mayor, Simon Richardson, having mentored both current mayoral candidates Cr Sarah Ndiaye and Mayor Michael Lyon, The Echo sought comment around their support/vote for his role on Northern Rivers Planning Panel.

Students fired up for marine protection  

There is something deeply inspiring about a hall full of young humans who are passionate about saving the planet. Tired narratives about apathy and disengagement dissolve as those who are inheriting ecological wounds inflicted by past generations seek solutions and healing.

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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.

Ballina Council join study to understand water use

Ballina Council has joined Bathurst, Dubbo and the Murray River Council areas to participate in a cutting-edge artificial intelligence technology that aims to identify how people use water across regional NSW. 

Call for immediate ban on logging in the proposed Great Koala National Park 

There will be no more koalas in the wild in NSW by 2050 if we don’t take action to preserve their habitat, according to a NSW state parliamentary inquiry in 2020, but the Nature Conservation Council say NSW Labor still isn’t doing enough.

A deeper dive into plans to abandon Mullum’s local water supply

With Council seeking community input on its proposal to disconnect Mullumbimby’s local water source and instead be reliant on water supplied by Rous County Council, local Greens candidate and water engineer, Elia Hauge, has added her concerns around the lack of meaningful consultation and process.

Police make arrest over Wallum protests

Save Wallum protectors, a NSW MLC and a retired magistrate have questioned the use of police resources after those supporting efforts to save rare ecological heathland in Brunswick Heads from urban development were contacted by Tweed-Byron Police Detectives.