News

Big step forward for landholders

A BIG step in the right direction.

That is how Byron Shire farmers have described a move by the State Government to allow farmers and other existing landholders to carry on their businesses under proposed changes to zoning laws contained in draft council Local Environment Plans (LEPs).

The Byron Shire Rural Landholders Action Group has applauded the State Government for its support on the zoning proposals.

In a meeting with Ballina MP Don Page last week, the Minister for Planning and Infrastructure NSW Brad Hazzard said the Government would not stop farmers and other existing landowners from carrying on their businesses through overly restrictive environmental zones.

He said the State Government would not endorse the use of E2 and E3 environmental zones on land that was clearly rural in council LEPs on the Far North Coast.

Mr Page said the proposed zones and overlays had the potential to limit existing agricultural and other rural issues without a valid evidence base.

He said there were very strong concerns that these restrictive controls could reduce the value of existing properties.

A public meeting held in Bangalow earlier this month drew hundreds of concerned landowners.

"Since our last public meeting, hundreds of complaints have been received by local and state politicians on this issue," local farmers Rex Harris, Alli Page and Louise Savrda said

"It just goes to show what people can achieve if they come together and support their community," they said.

"The fight is not over yet.

"We still have a lot of work to do and all landholders need to remain active and review and respond to the Draft LEP."


Join the Community.

Get your local news, your way.

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

No ‘silver bullet’ for region’s shark issue says researcher

A picture of a shark at Broken Head, taken by professional drone pilot Saul Goodwin last year. Photo: saul@psphoto.com.au

Govt’s own study shows aerial shark patrols only work 15% of time.

Thirsty Merc shifting gears as they are back to tour grind

SHIFTING GEARS: The name of Thirsty Merc’s new album.

Thirsty Merc are back, touring their latest album Shifting Gears

DA rejection wins council praise from residents

LOCAL ANGER: Protesters at last year’s rally against development out on Ewingsdale Road Byron Bay.

EWINGSDALE residents have welcomed Byron Shire Council decision

Latest deals and offers

LETTER: Council letting policies are part of the homeless problem in Byron shire.

BSN reader says Byron Shire Council has to acknowledge that their house letting policies are part of the homelessness problem.

No ‘silver bullet’ for region’s shark issue says researcher

A picture of a shark at Broken Head, taken by professional drone pilot Saul Goodwin last year. Photo: saul@psphoto.com.au

Govt’s own study shows aerial shark patrols only work 15% of time.

Thirsty Merc shifting gears as they are back to tour grind

SHIFTING GEARS: The name of Thirsty Merc’s new album.

Thirsty Merc are back, touring their latest album Shifting Gears

DA rejection wins council praise from residents

LOCAL ANGER: Protesters at last year’s rally against development out on Ewingsdale Road Byron Bay.

EWINGSDALE residents have welcomed Byron Shire Council decision

Only-child study seeking subjects for HSC work

ONLY CHILD: Mullumbimby High School student Kaitlyn McMurtry.

Share joys and challenges fo being only child

Get a move on: Entries still open for Byron’s triathlon

Alstonville triathlete Clayton Fettell after winning the Byron Bay Triathlon in 2014.

Entries are still being taken for Byron Bay Triathlon.

Hurry! Reserved seating selling fast for Pro Bull Riding

Luke Nichols riding Rap Dancer at the PBR Bullriding Rural Weekly Live Series held at the Grafton Showgrounds. Photo:Bruce Thomas / Daily Examiner March 28, 2015

Numbered seats still available for PBR Live Series finale

Federal Police Defuse Dance Bomb

Australian Federal Police respond to "threat" in Canberra.

Australian Federal Police respond to "threat" in Canberra.

NSW Police join Dance Challenge

NSW Police show their moves at Manly Wharf.

Manly Wharf is the backdrop to NSW Police running-man dance entry.

Scotland Police accept Dance Challenge

NZ Police doing the running man dance.

Australian Federal Police say watch this space but NT Police feel ignored.

How a sacked real estate agent made $725k in four months

Agent is now under investigation by the industry watchdog

VIDEO: Art Deco fan pays $835,000 for Imperial Hotel

No Caption

Iconic "Impy" sold at a bargan price to bidder who loves Art Deco.

RBA warns of future apartment oversupply

Toowoomba: Crest Apartments and Burke & Wills, Ruthven Street ( view from Neil Street) Photo Bev Lacey / The Chronicle

RBA says oversupply of apartments poses risk to household finances