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$3 million for regional news outlets in NSW

The NSW government has announced a new $3 million fund to assist regional communities to have access to trusted news sources covering the stories that matter.

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Federal Drive landslip update

Council staff have updated the status of the hinterland Federal landslip that cut access at Federal Drive, north of Federal village on February 28, 2022. The road that connects Federal to Goonengerry has been closed a year this week.

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Have your Perfect Say

Here in the Byron Shire our crisis is so famous it’s made international news. It’s been in the US Rolling Stone even. It’s been in documentaries. It’s been in The Guardian. It’s what we live with here – every day. We live in a community where there is nowhere to live and the whole world is watching what we do next, wondering if we will do what their super star tourist destinations did and regulate the housing market. People in places like Paris, Amsterdam, Barcelona and Miami found out that tough regulations actually aren’t bad for business after all. That’s just property market profiteering propaganda.

Calls to extend temporary accommodation for flood insured

The one-year limit on temporary accommodation provided by some insurance companies to people whose homes went under in the flood must be extended.

Nudging into a Smarter Summer

Nudge Nudge Wink Wink! 2023’s summer continues with a lineup that’s guaranteed to have you deliciously dancing from the moment you arrive. 

Ahana Candles

Victoria Cosford Many years ago, Marianni had a dream in which a golden liquid was pouring over her hands. She...

Ocean Shores swimmers power to strong results at regional swimming competition

A group of seven athletes from the Ocean Shores Aquatics swim team took part in the annual Country Regional...

Stories about "Cr Sol Ibrahim":

Rock-wall court case on shifting sands

Andrew Winton-Brown, Possum Creek. Dear Cr Sol Ibrahim: I write in regards the forthcoming meeting of Byron Shire Council on 14 July to consider the $100 million lawsuit filed in the Supreme Court in December 2010.

Byron councillor refuses to name secret advisers

Byron Shire councillor Sol Ibrahim influenced a major rural planning document after conferring with ‘several local planners’, yet has declined to name them.

CABS responds to Ibrahim’s criticisms

Jenny Coman for CABS. Yes Cr Ibrahim, democracy does include 'divergent opinions' but there is much more to it than that. The Echo gave us a good summary of events at the last council meeting (March 17) and process was clearly very poor in the examples CABS singled out for criticism.

Council faction still failing: CABS

The Community Alliance for Byron Shire (CABS) says it has assessed the recent performance of Byron Council against the Community Charter for Good Planning and found them still to be failing.

Byron councillor’s smooth ways not helping

Suzie Deyris, Byron Bay. Sol Ibrahim is using the tools of an inveterate politician. Say anything and make it sound good and the masses will not ask to see the evidence.

Cr Ibrahim and his rock wall obsession

Cr Basil Cameron. Byron shire councillor Cr Ibrahim's 'obsession' with building a rock wall at Belongil shows through in his justification for the way in which the project was approved.

Cr Ibrahim rocks on, and on

Cr Sol Ibrahim, Byron Bay. It is deeply distressing to read the extent of the misrepresentation and half truths that are being promoted on the Belongil rock walls topic.

Rocks and patronage

Tom Tabart, Bangalow. The saga of the Belongil rock walls has entered the realm if high farce.

Councillor defends himself over rock-wall phone call

Byron Shire councillor Sol Ibrahim has found himself defending questions over a phone call he made to a potential tender applicant for the proposed rock wall at Belongil.

Cr Ibrahim leading the push for over-development

Cate Coorey, Byron Residents' Group. Cr Ibrahim, ad hominem attacks on this forum are not becoming of anyone but as the spokesperson for the Byron Residents’ Group I accept they may be forthcoming.

Vale Professor Will Steffen – leading climate scientist

Leading climate scientist Professor Will Steffen has died of pancreatic cancer in Canberra at 75.

Oil spill on M1 near Byron, traffic backed up to Brunswick Heads exit

An accident on the M1 has brought southbound traffic to a standstill from the Brunswick Heads exit at Gulgan Road and Tweed Street.

Four arrested over alleged break-ins, trespass – Casino

Four boys have been arrested by police investigating alleged aggravated break and enter and trespass offences in Casino on Monday, 30 January.

V-Day returns to Byron Bay, February 14

A mass global action, One Billion Rising, which aims to end violence against women and children, is planned for V-Day on February 14, Main Beach, Byron Bay from 7am.