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Tuesday, 19 June


OUR ABC: Will voters be foolish enough to believe Turnbull Government protestations of innocence? North Coast Voices

The Liberal Party of Australia Federal Councilcomprises 14 delegates from each State and the ACT - the State / Territory President, the State / Territory Parliamentary Leader, the President of the Young Liberal Movement, the President / Chairman of the Womens Council and 10 other delegates.

More than 100 Liberal Party MPs, senators and party members were in Sydney on 16 June 2018 for the partys 60th annual federal council which is expected to be the last one before the next federal election.

Here are some of the smiling faces at the event readers might recognise.

Twitter: A bevy of Liberal ministers: Sen. Mitch Fifield, Sen. Mathias Cormann, Julie...


Worshipping Trump has a scary parallel North Coast Voices

United States of America, May 2018

Deutsches Reich, also known as the Third Reich, circa 1933-1945

'Dedicated:  in unutterable thanks to the blessed parents the mother who gave birth to "Our Furhrer"' - Text of a handmade Mother's Day card sent to Adolf Hitler [Daily Beast, 12 April 2015]

Monday, 18 June


UKE NIGHT Thu 28 June from 6:30pm FUN beginner Tunes Byron Bay Blog

This month Miss Amber and Stukulele will presenting a UKE NIGHT for beginners.

All the songs will be easy play classics so if you havent been to UKE NIGHT because you didnt think you could keep up this night is for you.

Still only $12.50 per adult and $2.50 for kids under 16. Come and be a part of a friendly community of music lovers.

You are guaranteed to leave with a smile on your dial.

Songbooks available through

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Byron turns out in force to oppose mega suburb Local News Echonetdaily

The crowd at Saturdays (June 16) rally against development at West Byron. Photo Jeff Dawson

Hans Lovejoy and staff reporters

With the Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP) holding a public meeting over West Byron on Tuesday, June 18, an estimated of 800 to 1,000 locals rallied at Main Beach on Sunday before taking to the streets of the town to protest against the mega suburb proposal.

The crowd heard from deputy mayor Basil Cameron, NSW Greens MP Tamara Smith, NSW Labor candidate Asren Pugh, environmentalist Dailan Pugh, Cr Cate Coorey and was MCd by Mark Swivel.

Though there was no arrangement to do a street march, protestors had a great time heading from Apex Park down Jonson Street to the crossing near Railway Park, where they turned and headed back to Apex Park chanting West Byron No Way!

The police did not show until towards the end. Traffic was held up for around half an hour.

Continues below photo gallery


Nats MP defends holiday-letting rules Local News Echonetdaily

North-coast based Nationals MLC Ben Franklin.

While local Greens and ALP politicians have damned the state governments recent review of holiday letting, North Coast based Nationals MLC Ben Franklin has moved to defend it.

Greens Cr Michael Lyon led the charge in responding to the state governments response, saying, as anticipated, the State government has failed the community of Byron Shire, adding they had adopted a one-size fits all policy framework.

Asren Pugh, the Labor candidate for Ballina, echoed those sentiments, saying the new holiday letting laws dont go far enough to protect communities in tourist hotspots like Byron Bay.

But Mr Franklin, who is Parliamentary Secretary for Northern NSW, has welcomed the plan as a good first step in providing long-term certainty.

Currently this area is unregulated, so the governments reforms are a very welcome first step in this process, Mr Franklin said.

Code of conduct

A new mandatory code of conduct will be implemented, which Mr Franklin said would address potential impacts like noise levels, disruptive guests and effects on shared neighbourhood amenities.

He also defended a new dispute resolution process, which would see Fair Trading given powers to police online platforms and letting agents.

Under the two strikes and youre out policy, hosts or guests who commit two serious breaches of the code within two years will be banned for five, and be listed on an exclusion register, Mr Franklin said.

These are the toughest laws in the country and will make sure local residents are protected while ensuring that hosts who do the right thing are not penalized, he said.

180-day limit

The new laws give regional councils to limit short-term holiday letting to a maximum of 180 days.

Mr Franklin described this as a welcome move, providing Councils with more control in determining what is appropriate for their communities.

Allowing councils to limit letting to 180 days shows that the Government understands that a one size fits all approach is not appropriate as every Local Government area faces...


Brunswick Heads fire destroys campsite, bushland Local News Echonetdaily

Locals with green branches attempted to put out a fire in Brunswick Heads bushland ahead of the arrival of NSW Fire & Rescue on Saturday
(June 16). Photo Sophia Marles

A quick response from some locals and NSW Fire & Rescue ensured that an escaped campfire blaze in Brunswick Heads on Saturday evening was quickly put out.

An Echo drudge reported seeing the fire take hold in bush along the Brunswick River, behind Torakina Park.

It looked to be a well established camp, she said, adding there were lots of plastic fumes.

Some quick-thinking locals contained fire with sand and quashed flames with branches of green leaves until the Fire Brigade arrived, she said.

According to NSW Fire & Rescue, two crews were on the scene at South Beach Park by around 5.15pm on Saturday evening.

Camping equipment and were bush alight, the spokesperson said.

Crews attended and extinguished the fire within an hour of arriving, he added.

Police were on the scene but there were no reports of injuries or an ambulance being required.


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Whats On Splendour 2018 Byron Bay Blog

At the very heart of Splendour lies the GLOBAL VILLAGE, an exotic oasis of hot chai, yoga flows, dance floor vibrations and wild workshops. Start your day in stillness with morning meditations, connect with the wisdom of our original custodians, get pampered by a massage therapist and top it off with a late-night jam session or a boogie in the silent disco.

Continue your sensory expedition to the TIPI FOREST! This iconic late-night institution will play host to some of the sweetest sonic selectors and best beat droppers to call Northern NSW home. As the sun sets and the bass begins to pump, acrobats and fire twirlers will come to life, back dropped by technicolour light scapes and transient art. Make friends and mingle in the tipis or meet kindred spirits on the dance floor as you groove out to the killer 2018 program.



Lismore rate rise on the agenda Local News Echonetdaily

An extraordinary meeting of Lismore Council is being held on Tuesday June 19 and will look at approving a pegged rate rise that will take the Business Inner CBD rate up to $0.5.5040 cents in the dollar. 

This has drawn criticism from LJ Hooker agent Paul Deegan who was reported in the Northern Star saying that The reason the CBD in Lismore is being slowly strangled, is directly related to the impossible rate burden imposed by Lismore City Council.

Lismore Mayor responds

While recognising that rates in the Lismore CBD are too high Lismore Mayor Isaac Smith said that there are a lot of factors that are causing the traditional main streets to struggle across Australia.

We are only increasing with the rate peg, which I support, as our cost increases with inflation so we cant hold or reduce rates without cutting services.

Comparatively the business rate for the Byron Bay CBD is $0.4730 in the dollar however, Mayor Smith said that the rate in the dollar is not a good measure of actual cost as it is linked to property values. Lismore CBD land values have not increased in the past 20 years, so the rate in the dollar looks very expensive when compared to coastal rates which have shrunk with big rises in property values.

Total rates paid are a better measure and should be linked to services provided. We need to be clearer with our businesses about what they get for their money, said Mayor Smith.

I continue to advocate for more local government independence when it comes to rates and service delivery to our community. We need to empower councils to deliver more at the grassroots to counter the inefficient bureaucracy at the state government level in Australia.

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Hopes dim for fisherman missing for five days Local News Echonetdaily

Missing man Kenneth Parker. Photo NSW Police

Police divers will be called in today to help locate a man who went missing about 10km north of Minnie Waters on Wednesday (June 13).

Kenneth Parker, aged 72, was staying with a friend at a home on Jetty Road, Sandon Village.

He told his friend he was heading down to Sandon River to go fishing; however, his boat is still anchored at the jetty but his fishing rod is missing.

He was last seen about 1.30pm on Wednesday at Sandon Village.

Several days of searching by police and emergency services along the beach and National Park track and Westpac Rescue helicopter sweep of the Sandon Headland has failed to find Mr Parker.

The search has also involved SES, Surf Lifesaving NSW, Maritime Services as well as a Maritime drone.

Mr Parker is described as being of Caucasian appearance, about 150cm tall, of a heavy build and balding white hair and blue eyes.

Anyone who sees him or has information about his whereabouts is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page:

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War Crimes: creating identity Local News Echonetdaily

Byron Bay High School are excited to be bringing their powerful production of Angela Betziens War Crimes to the stage. Photo Marie Rosenberger.

Year 11 drama students from Byron Bay High School (BBHS) are excited to be bringing their powerful production of Angela Betziens War Crimes to the stage next week, and warmly invite the Byron Shire community to attend one of their three evening performances.

War Crimes gives voices to five tough, poor teenage girls from Cummergunja, a forgotten coastal town with limited opportunities. They each fight their own personal battles, railing against authority and each other within a culture of masculinity and racism. We witness their individual struggles to develop a sense of identity and agency, in a community where tensions are high and powerlessness breeds hatred for the other.

The play presents important messages about youth culture, friendship, empathy, compassion, racism, belonging and identity, and draws important parallels between conflict, violence and oppression in a world at war and in the lives of small town teenagers.

Under the guidance of drama teacher Simone Museth, the students have taken on technical, design, direction and acting roles with professionalism, talent and skill some even learned their lines in Arabic! The play has been largely directed and designed by students themselves, and their creative efforts are sure to impress.

Contemporary Australian playwright Angela Betzien claims that the play was written with the intention of stirring up some big questions about our national history, identity and future and what is sacred to us as a nation.

The play will have audience thinking deeply about questions such as Who calls Australia home? and What is worth fighting for?

Tickets for this gripping drama are selling fast and seating is limited. Performances are held on 26,...


Coorabell horserider hospitalised after fall Local News Echonetdaily

The Westpac helicopter landed at Coorabell on Sunday (June 17) to assist a man who was injured falling from a horse. Photo supplied

The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter was called out around 2pm on Sunday following reports that a horse rider had suffered injuries after a fall from a horse near Coorabell.

The helicopter medical team treated a 62-year-old male rider for back and chest injuries and transported him to Lismore Base Hospital in a stable condition.

Single-vehicle accident

The helicopter was called also required on Saturday night (June 16) to a single-vehicle motor accident on Blue Knob Rd north of Nimbin.

One person was treated for injuries and transported by helicopter to Gold Coast University Hospital.

The condition of patient is unknown.


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