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Tuesday, 09 October


"North Coast Voices" Turns 11 Today! North Coast Voices

On Tuesday 9 October 2007 North Coast Voices published its first blog post titled "A genuine Howard hugger".

Eleven years and over 10,102 posts later it is another Tuesday and this blog is still publishing.

For that, heartfelt thanks are due to all our readers.


Assistant Treasurer Stuart Robert follows unofficial Liberal Party guideline: Don't get caught but if you do pay it back North Coast Voices

Image: The Sydney Morning Herald 2017
Assistant Treasurer and Liberal MP for Fadden Stuart Rowland Robert (right) is in the news once more.

This time over the excessive costs associated with his taxpayer-funded 4G home Internet connection.

He has been charging taxpayers more than a $1,000 a month for Internet access since 2016 and by 2018 the cost had risen to over $2,000 a month.

Monday, 08 October


The Wild Wood and the Wide World In That Howling Infinite

On this day, 8th October 1908, The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahames classic childrens book was published.

In 1908, Kenneth Grahame retired from his position as secretary of the Bank of England. He moved to Berkshire, where he had lived as a child and spent his time by the River Thames doing much as the animal characters in his book do simply messing about in boats. He elaborated on the bedtime stories he had earlier told to his son Alistair and created a childrens classic that has never been out of print.  It was into its thirty-first printing in 1929 when playwright A. A. Milne, creator of Winnie the Pooh, adapted the most raucous and rambunctious part of it for the stage as Toad of Toad Hall in 1929 which in 1949 Walt Disneys studio took to the highest heights of slapstick hilariousness with its animated featurette the same name.

The Wind in the Willows is a strange book. It poses as an almost homoerotic Arcadian fantasy, and yet it is also an opaque upper middle-class tract preaching deference to and and support for the British class system and the established order. Mole looks up to Rat who looks up to Badger and they all kowtow to the ridiculous, pompous and self-indulgent ...


Cultural Tourism: telling the story of New England's Aboriginal past New England, Australia

I have long been frustrated about what I see as neglect of the opportunities offered by Aboriginal cultural tourism in Northern NSW, the broader New England that I write about. 
A number of things contributed to that sense of frustration. One was the absence of material and supporting infrastructure to attract, interest and hold visitors, A second was the way that Aboriginal cultural and historical tourism in the broader New England was fragmented and submerged by tourism promotion that focused on the Sydney basin. Essentially, you had Sydney and a then series of small dot points scattered across the rest of the state. A third frustration lay in the way that disputes and disagreements in and between Aboriginal communities made it difficult to tell stories and to take action.
I accept that there has been great improvement since I first looked...


Byron Latin Fiesta Bands | DJs | Great Artists Byron Bay Blog

The Byron Latin Fiesta (1-4 November 2018) is excited to announce GONZALO PORTA and his band from Sydney for this years event, they will play at the festival on SATURDAY NIGHT, a great mix of Salsa, Bachata & Cha Cha Cha.

And, welcoming back for the 2nd time, we have EL TIMBON from Brisbane with their awesome Cuban Salsa & Timba. They will heat up the FRIDAY NIGHT of the Festival.

Plus, a top line-up of DJS for the 2018 event and they are sure to keep you dancing each night! Dont forget we have two party rooms at the main event, the THEATRE and the upstairs PARTY ROOM with Salsa, Bachata, Kizomba and touches of Zouk, Merengue & other Latin music. We also have the after-parties at Guzman y Gomez on Fri & Sat nights for those who want more!

The festival has some great dance talent with Instructors and Performers supporting the event from around Australia. The workshop timetable will be released very soon but in the meantime we can tell you we have Cuban Salsa, Son, Traditional Kizomba, Urban Kiz, Dominican Bachata, Bachata Sensual, Bachatango, Samba, Reggaeton, LA Salsa, Salsaton, Zouk and more!

The 13th Annual Byron Latin Fiesta is on 1-4 November, for full details, program and tickets, please visit

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No ruling on West Byron development Local News Echonetdaily

Shout out: Parkway Drives front man, Winston McCall rallies the troops as more than 700 supporters march through Byron in June. The JRPP is set to vote on the development today (October 8). Photo Jeff Dawson


The Northern Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP) has deferred a decision on the locals plan for a development at West Byron, citing the lateness of additional information from the proponent meaning council and RFS had insufficient time to prepare a response.

Full story in tomorrows Echonetdaily.

Original report: The Byron Residents Group has issued a shout out to locals to rally at the Byron Shire Council chambers at 1pm today, where the Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP) is set to decide the future of the local plan for a massive new development at West Byron.

Opposition to the plan, which has already been recommended for refusal by Byron Shire Council, has ratcheted up further with a blitz of last-minute changes to the application in the last few days.

Residents Group founder, Cr Cate Coorey said a show of numbers was vital to show the panel how great the opposition to the project was.

She added she was getting the impression it [the meeting] will be packed.

My phones been going off with people saying theyre going to be coming; I suspect well spill out into the street, Cr Coorey told Echonetdaily.

She said councillors had received no indication from the JRPP as to which way the panel was leaning.

Theres a Chinese wall so councillors are not part of the process if theyve already voted on it.

No Byron Shire councillors would be sitting on the panel, she said.

Because there is no Byron councillor who hasnt been involved in the process, Tweed mayor Katie Milne and Lismore deputy mayor Elly Bird will act as the community representatives, she added.

Cr Coorey was adamant the late addition of so much new information made the prospect of the panel making a considered decision impossible.

Heaps of the docs werent avail until last week were looking at a development that adds 20 per cent growth to Byron in one fell swoop, with 1 week to look at latest data.

There is lot of unhappiness about that. And the JRPP website hasn...


Byron Council set to fine holiday-let owners Local News Echonetdaily

Byron Shire Council has announced it will start fining owners of unauthorised holiday lets, with a particular focus on people who are renting out a secondary dwelling.

The announcement comes amid news that nearly 20 per cent of homes in Byron Shire are now being holiday let, squeezing out all but the most affluent renters.

First in Councils sights will be people who have benefited from a decision it took in 2011 to drop development contributions on secondary dwellings and granny flats in a bid to increase affordable housing.

These peoples DAs specifically preclude them from using their secondary accommodation for short-term holiday rental.

Opportunity to make money

Byron mayor Simon Richardson, said that due to the Shires popularity as a tourist destination many people now see short-term holiday letting as their opportunity to make money on their property from tourism and in some cases this can come at a cost to the community.

Housing in Byron Shire is expensive and out of reach for many people. Council, while unable to control house prices, is trying to do what it can to make housing cheaper, Cr Richardson said

He added that while council would continue providing development incentives to encourage more housing it would also work with the community to ensure that housing is provided to permanent residents.

Cr Richardson said that the developer contribution exemption had been keenly taken up by many home owners.

But, he added, Council shares the concerns of many community members who know that many secondary dwellings are being used to make money from tourism.

17.6 pc of homes holiday let

Some 17.6 percent of the total housing stock in Byron Shire is listed as online holiday let compared to a national average of 0.2 per cent and a greater Sydney metropolitan rate of 1.7 per cent

Holiday letting in Byron Shire has exploded in recent years and this is resulting in significant adverse impacts on our community in terms of amenity, character and available and affordable long-term rental accommodation for residents.

Council recently resolved that it would take enforcement action on people who are using secondary dwellings on their properties for a purpose, such as tourism, which is outside their development consent.

Where there have been complaints, and there is a reasonable suspicion of unauthorised activities occurring on a site, Council staff will investigate.

If the owner of the property does not have Council approval for a secondary dwelling to be used for tourism purposes then owner will be issued with a fine which is $3,000 for an individual and $6,000 for a company.

There are hundreds of approved tourism accommodation providers in the Byron Shire who do the right thing with respect to approvals, safety and compliance and they play an incredibly important role in our local tourism industry.

Given the cur...


New GM takes the helm at Lismore City Council Local News Echonetdaily

Lismore City Councils new GM Shelley Oldham. Photo Capgemini

In a break with tradition, the new general manager of Lismore City Council, Shelley Oldham, brings with her a suite of skills honed in the Victorian public service and a large international consultancy firm.

Ms Oldham, who starts today, worked for almost a decade as the senior vice president and head of public sector at Capgemini. In this role, she was responsible for design and delivery of solutions that assist governments in Australia to be more effective and efficient.

It was this that caught the selection panels eye, together with her time as director of strategy at the Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance, which gave her broad experience working in government transformation, stakeholder management and strategy.

Lismore mayor Isaac Smith said she was selected from more than 120 applicants from the local government, state government and private sector across Australia and New Zealand.

We are privileged that such a high-calibre candidate has applied and accepted the role of general manager, he added.

Shelley brings with her a wealth of experience in finance and business in both the government and private sector.

We are facing some tough decisions ahead financially and this Council is also very keen to increase our focus on economic development, so she seemed like an excellent fit to guide us into the future.

Having someone with Shelleys capabilities at the helm is exactly what we need to grow Lismores prosperity.

The Mayor said it was a change for Council to appoint a general manager from outside the local government sector and believes Shelleys objectivity will help Council improve processes and efficiency.

We felt her toolbox of skills is exactly what we needed in a leader to become financially sustainable and as efficient as possible, Isaac said.

We are very excited to welcome Shelley to our team and we are eager to see how she can shape and transform our organisation into the future, Cr Smith said.

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Woman six times over limit drives into light pole Local News Echonetdaily

A woman will face court charged with high-range drink-driving after a driving into a light pole while six times over the legal limit in Byron Bay on Sunday afternoon (October 7).

About 1.40pm, emergency services were called to a car park on Jonson Street, Byron Bay, after reports a Toyota Corolla struck a light pole.

The driver and sole-occupant, a 45-year-old woman, escaped uninjured.

Officers from Tweed/Byron Police District conducted a roadside breath test, which returned a positive result.

She was taken to Byron Bay Police Station where she allegedly returned a breath analysis reading of 0.333.

The woman, from Clunes, was charged with high-range PCA and granted conditional bail to appear at Byron Bay Local Court on October 25.

Her licence was suspended.

The post Woman six times over limit drives into light pole appeared first on Echonetdaily.


Man threatens to kill police in motel standoff Local News Echonetdaily

About 6.10pm on Saturday (October 6) guests at a motel in Murwillumbah reported hearing a man yelling out that he was going to kill someone.

Police responded and the 18-year-old Murwillumbah man allegedly immediately become aggressive.

The man locked himself in a room and allegedly threatened to kill police, who negotiated with him for two hours before resorting to capsicum spray to arrest him.

The man allegedly had a metal pole and samurai sword with him.

He was charged with intimidation, malicious damage, being armed with intent to commit an indictable offence, assaulting police and using weapon to avoid arrest.

The man was refused bail to appear before Tweed Heads Local Court on Saturday.

Kingscliff road rage arrest

In a separate incident on the same evening,  police say they again had to use capsicum spray to subdue a man, this time in a road rage incident

Just before 10pm, a man stopped his car on Tweed Valley Way Kingscliff and allegedly yelled at other motorists before ripping a number plate off another car.

Police responded and found the mans car unattended.

They searched it and allegedly found an undisclosed amount of cannabis.

Police allegedly located the driver, a 26-year-old Bowraville man, in the street and discovered his licence had been cancelled due to previous offences.

When informed he was under arrest, the man allegedly violently resisted police, who used capsicum spray to subdue him.

The man was refused a road side breath test and was taken to Tweed Heads Police Station and charged with driving on a cancelled licence, malicious damage to property, resisting police, intimidating police, possessing prohibited drug and refusing breath test. The man was refused bail to appear before Tweed Heads Local Court 7/10/18.

The post Man threatens to kill police in motel standoff appeared first on Echonetdaily.


Man arrested after wielding knife in Byron Bay pub Local News Echonetdaily

Police were called to a Byron Bay pub on Friday (October 5) after a man allegedly threatened patrons with a knife.

They found a 28-year-old Byron Bay man nearby in Jonson Street, vomiting on a wall.

Police searched the man, allegedly finding a pocket knife and cannabis on him.

He was charged with custody of a knife and possess prohibited drug.

The man was bailed to appear before Byron Bay Local Court on October 25.

Alleged OS cigarette thief nabbed

On Thursday, October 4, police raided a house in Ocean Shores, seizing a quantity of cigarettes they valued at $3,912.

The smokes were allegedly stolen from a bottle shop in the town during a break and enter on August 11.

Police also allegedly found cannabis during the search.

A 21-year-old Ocean Shores man was arrested and taken to Byron Bay Police Station, where he was charged with break enter and steal and possessing a prohibited drug.

He was refused bail to appear before Mullumbimby Local Court October 22.

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