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Locals to fight back with a series about the REAL Byron Bay

News that Netflix was planning to film a vacuous docudrama in Byron Bay brought a collective snort of derision across the Shire.

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Save Waterlily park

Tina Petroff, Waterlily Playscape Inc. For decades our local voluntary committees in Ocean Shores (OS) have fought for basic needs for...

Professor Offord makes Queen’s Birthday Honours List

Ocean Shores resident and Emeritus Professor, Baden Offord, has been named on the Queen’s Birthday 2021 Honours List, ‘For distinguished service to tertiary education in the field of human rights, social justice, and cultural diversity’.

Police withdraw charge against protester 

The police case against a Byron local arrested at a ‘My body, my choice’ protest has been dropped, according to rally organiser Dean Jefferys.

Tender to build rail trail from M’bah to Crabbes Creek awarded

The debate over the tender for the building of the rail trail between Murwillumbh and Crabbes Creek was ultimately...

Cartoon of the week – 16 June, 2021

We love to receive letters, but not every letter will be published; the publication of letters is at the discretion of the online and print letters editors.

Calls for Minister to conduct ‘genuine’ consultation on Murwillumbah mega-school

The Murwillumbah community and SOS (Save Our Schools) are calling on the NSW Minister for Education, Sarah Mitchell to...

Stories about "Ken Gainger":

‘Mushroom’ syndrome continues without Gainger

Fast Buck$, Coorabell. Has anything changed since Ken Gainger walked out of Byron Shire Council a couple of months ago? Not much; certainly the ‘mushroom’...

Gainger’s legacy leaves ratepayers footing the bill

Jo Faith, Newtown. October 2017 is eternally inscribed in my mind. With no public notification large trucks began rapidly removing potentially carcinogenic soil and fill from...

Delegated authority now ‘implied’

Former Byron Shire general manager Ken Gainger has been critcised for not seeking specific approval from councillors before continuing to defend, at great cost, the Butler Street bypass case that was brought by residents.

Byron’s departing GM wishy washy on code of conduct complaint

Tom Tabart, Drysdale, Victoria. Once more have I offended the fragile sensibility of our [Byron shire's] departing GM, Ken Gainger, who chosen to be upset by my mention of a Code of Conduct 'assault' on a volunteer.

GM’s delegation powers questioned

A councillor decision at the September 21, 2017 meeting that updated the general manager’s (GM) delegated powers has been questioned by longtime council critic Fast Buck$ aka John Anderson.

Free reign

Fast Buck$, Coorabell I think it was the October Council meeting. I was complaining yet again that staff were concealing important matters by hiding them in...

Significant projects delivered: retiring Byron GM

Road reconstruction, recycling, flood recovery and roundabouts were significant projects delivered in the last financial year, says Byron Shire Council’s outgoing general manager Ken Gainger. 

Byron GM’s farewell

Ken Gainger, BSC General Manager. I recently announced my retirement from the position of general manager with Byron Council to spend more time with my family...

Council’s ‘secret’ campaign against community group fails

Byron Shire Council staff have failed in an attempt to force a Byron Bay residents group to supply membership and donor names and addresses through the courts – all without informing councillors.

Byron council debating BEC eviction Thursday

The eviction notice issued to the Byron Environment Centre (BEC) to remove the rotunda from Railway Park will be debated at the upcoming council meeting this Thursday, November 2. The BEC will be holding a ‘Rotunda Eviction Update’ on December 13.

Vaccine passports

David Warth, Byron Bay Vaccine passports, aka certificates, are now sitting in the wings waiting to be taken up by state governments. There was no bill...

Failure after failure

Keith Duncan, Pimlico One policy failure after another; what does it take for ‘shifty’ Morrison to come clean, show leadership, and finally accept responsibility? He had three...

New case of COVID-19 in Brisbane

Queensland has recorded one new case of COVID-19 in the community yesterday, with contact tracing underway after an international cabin crew member tested positive.

Mental health workshop for girls in Lennox

The mental health organisation Beautiful Minds is holding a one day workshop for pre-teen girls in Lennox Head on Sunday 27 June 2021.