The Byron Bay Blues Festival has been cancelled today for a second year running after a COVID-19 case has been found. The event was due to start tomorrow, with an estimated 15,000 people expected to attend. “NSW Health advises that the Minister for Health (Brad Hazzard) has signed a public health order cancelling the planned Bluesfest over the Easter period.” One finds what is supposed to be: “A complete list of venues of concern, and the related health advice…available o
Let it be said: Our Federal/State Governments and those in Local Councils must wake up and step up to protect the basic human right to safe affordable housing. In the Byron Bay Shire, Deputy Mayor Michael Lyon has lodged a motion for the Council meeting on Thursday 25 March, declaring a “Housing Crisis”. Councillor Lyon is hoping to generate some momentum and seeks support from other Councils in demanding State Government assistance. Councillor Lyon’s motion reads: “We ha
In September 2019, in response to a call for Submissions to NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment’s (DPIE) proposal to do away with residential zoning, and thus circumvent National Construction Codes plus all fire and safety related criteria, NSW Fire+Rescue lodged a submission highly critical of the plan to give short-term rental operators open access to all residential dwellings. FRNSW were not the only ones who voice criticism of that which was/is proposed.
In case you missed it, the SMH is running the story: The outback Airbnb shack, the dirt highway and Daryl Maguire’s meeting with (Premier) Gladys Berejiklian. Former State MP Maguire was reportedly snapping up properties for bargain prices ($8,000 and then $750 were quoted) and was then heard telling Ms Berejiklian about plans to turn the derelict shacks into Airbnb rentals. “…phone intercept was played as part of ICAC’s Operation Keppel, which is investigating Mr Maguire