Northern Rivers Rail Trail have reneged on plans to co-operate with re-elected mayor Simon Richardson and rail advocate group Trains On Our Tracks for a shared multi-modal use of the disused Byron Shire section of the railway.
Louise Doran, Ocean Shores. What a nasty dummy spit and attempt at bullying the northern rivers community from Don ‘you can have your trains back’ Page, who states ‘if the Rail Trail (on the Casino to Murwillumbah train line) does not... Read More →
Former Ballina MP Don Page has been appointed as the new chair of the Regional Development Australia Northern Rivers committee in a move described by opponents as a ‘job for a mate’.
Tom Tabart, Bangalow. Now that the Greens have won Ballina I expect to see a flurry of letters suggesting that the electorate will now become invisible in Macquarie Street.
The focus of the Pacific Highway upgrade is moving to the Woolgoolga to Ballina section despite concerns remaining over impacts of important koala habitat.
Robyn Sparks, Ballina. I only ever tell my close friends and family when my birthday is and what my age is. I was therefore shocked, feeling that my privacy was being invaded, when I received a birthday message, including my age, from the local National Party candidate Kris Beavis.
Despite $50m being splashed at rail trails for the region, the pressure is still being applied by a group of residents advocating for what they claim is a more equitable bypass and transport solution for Byron Bay.
Wilsons Creek residents have vented their anger at local Nationals MPs over what they say is an inadequate response to landslips in their valley, located west of Mullumbimby.
Activist group the Ballina Knitting Nannas held a send-off for Kayak 4 Earth’s Steve Posselt outside the Nationals election office in Ballina on Monday. The group has also disputed Ballina MP Don Page’s claim that gas miner Dart Energy has relinquished its title over all land in the electorate.
Ballina has moved a step closer to having a new marine rescue tower. Retiring Ballina MP Don Page yesterday announced $550,000 funding from the state government after an earlier application for funds was refused.
The NSW government announced yesterday that $50m will be allocated to help establish rail trail pilot projects in an effort to ‘boost tourism’. But while sitting Nationals MP Don Page endorsed the move, other parties derided it.
Retiring Ballina MP Don Page’s final speech to NSW parliament in which he pushed for his electorate to be coal-seam gas (CSG) free has been seized on by federal MP for Richmond Justine Elliot who slammed it as ‘absolute hypocrisy’.
Opponents of the West Byron housing development, which was approved by the state government on Friday, say there is still time for outgoing Ballina MP Don Page to intervene over critical issues.
Byron Shire residents visited Ballina MP Don Page's office this morning to present a petition calling for the shire to be declared gasfield free.
Pressure is mounting on the state government to reject the controversial West Byron housing project with a petition signed by 50,000 people fearing the development will decimate local koalas to be handed to Ballina MP Don Page this morning.
Rallies outside the offices of northern rivers National Party politicians on Tuesday urged them to listen to their communities by rejecting any moves to allow unconventional gas mining in the region.
Proposed legislation aimed at ‘giving business a voice in local elections’ by the NSW Shooters and Fishers party and supported by coalition government, has been widely condemned by the entire opposing political spectrum, including the peak body representing NSW councils.
Did the state coalition break an election promises over ‘putting planning decisions back into the hands of the communities’? Byron Shire mayor Simon Richardson has alluded to as much.
Friends of the Koala president Lorraine Vass is not being melodramatic when she says the future of Ballina’s koalas is in the balance, with the ‘preferred’ route of the Woodburn section of the Pacific Highway completely bisecting their colony in the Blackwall Range.
A report released today predicts that it would cost $75 million to build a rail trail between Casino and Murwillumbah, as opposed to $900 million to bring the train back.
Cr Jeff Johnson, Lennox Head. As a Ballina Shire Councillor I take offence at Don Page’s letter comments that ‘Ballina and Byron shires zoned large areas of farming land as environmental zones in their draft LEPs’ and that Mr Page had to ‘intervene on this to protect farming and food production in the two shires’.
Dailan Pugh, Byron Bay. I take exception to Don Page accusing me of spreading untruths when he was unable to identify a single thing I said that was untrue.
Don Page MP, Byron Bay. I cannot let Dailan Pugh’s rave against me go unchallenged. [In regard to] shooting in national parks: the government is conducting a three-year feral pest control trial in 12 national parks, all of which are in the west of the state and none on the east coast of NSW.
David Sweet, President, BBCA. I write on behalf of the committee of management of the Byron Bay Community Association to publicly recognise and thank Don Page for his contribution to the Byron Community Centre, and for his tireless work for the Byron Bay community.
Dailan Pugh, Byron Bay. Don Page needs to clean up his mess before he goes.