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More COVID cases Byron and Tweed Shires

ight new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the Northern NSW Health District (NNSWHD) in the 24 hours to 8pm 7 December with Woody’s Surf Shack Night Club and Mullumbimby High School both known recent COVID venues.

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A better way

The Rail Trail ad in the last Echo concludes with ‘We can’t think of a better way to experience...

Cadwallader, Lyon and Krieg most likely new Far North Coast mayors

With most of the votes cast, and counting over until tomorrow, the New South Wales Electoral Commission stats would suggest that there are three clear winners of the mayoral contests in Ballina, Byron and Lismore Shires.

COVID update December 3: One new case and advice for international travellers

One new case of COVID-19 was reported for Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWLHD) in the 24 hours to...

Vote counting still underway for Tweed Shire Council elections

Around half of the potential votes have been counted in the Tweed Shire Council which have seen a surge in support for Liberal councillor James Owen.

Independents clear election winners in Byron Shire

Independent candidate Michael Lyon looks to have secured enough votes to be elected Mayor, with 3,372 votes, or 23.11...

Voting options on paid parking

Council paid parking in Byron Bay, and National Parks NSW paid parking, has ruined the amenity we once had,...

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Tweed Mayor tries for 180 short term holiday letting limit

At the Tweed Shire Council (TSC) meeting (October 7) a late Mayoral Minute by Tweed Shire Mayor Chris Cherry (Independent) sought support from other...

Reality Check Campaign seeks to assist low cost housing

A sense of frustration and helplessness is being felt by many in the community as they or their friends become homeless as the housing and rental prices continue to increase. But local Liz Friend has decided that it is time to take action.

Byron Council vote to protect farmland from State government onslaught

A new ‘Agritourism’ policy proposed by the State Government will compromise regionally significant farming and food production by stealth, Byron Council says.

HLO responds to victims of holiday letting (VOHL)

The peak local holiday letting industry organisation has refuted claims from residents adversely impacted by the activity, specifically around its legality.

Residents want regulation for Airbnb and holiday letting

The impact on local communities of short term holiday letting on platforms like Airbnb has come under the microscope in northern NSW with a recent study clearly identifying a need for regulation.

A closer peek at Byron Shire Council’s holiday letting policy

Residents have until January 30 to have their say on Council’s short term holiday letting policy that will aim to regulate holiday letting through platforms like Airbnb and Stayz.

Editorial: Watch out! It’s biased

Everyone has a bias – it’s a natural human condition. It’s always a surprise to hear a political actor complain that The Echo is biased. The issue is really about fairness, not bias. Let's take holiday letting, like on Airbnb as an example...

Permanent holiday rentals targeted by lobby group

A lobby group wanting to rein in permanent holiday rentals in residential areas have challenged Council to act on what they say are examples in Byron Bay.

Short-term-holiday-letting: Byron’s opportunity to lead on policy

Todays ministerial direction has given Byron Shire Council the opportunity to bring a proposal to the state government to modify their short term holiday letting rules. But it is not all up for negotiation – but a minimum 90 days holiday letting for absentee landlords is still required.

Byron gold – holiday accommodation

The state government is set to undermine councils and residents as residential zones are effectively turned into business zones by new short term holiday letting laws.

Serious crash – Alstonville

A man is in hospital following a single-vehicle crash in Alstonville on Tuesday afternoon.

Vote counting still underway for Tweed Shire Council elections

Around half of the potential votes have been counted in the Tweed Shire Council which have seen a surge in support for Liberal councillor James Owen.

COVID case sends Mullum High teachers and students into isolation

Mullumbimby High School has had a case of COVID-19 confirmed with all staff and students requested to self isolate.

Independents clear election winners in Byron Shire

Independent candidate Michael Lyon looks to have secured enough votes to be elected Mayor, with 3,372 votes, or 23.11 per cent of the total...