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Last call for Arts Classic entries Council to work through illegal dwelling issues Michael McDonald
Ri Fraser enters her Dragon in the reincarnated Byron Arts Classic while coordinator Tess Cullen minds Diwali’s painting ‘Durga’. Entries for the January 7-11 exhibition close on December 14. With $10,000 worth of prizes on offer, it’s worth getting busy. Originally established in 1982, the Byron Easter Arts Classic quickly became an iconic showcase of the region’s creative spirit with the awards night a don’t-miss community event. The awards night on Friday January 8 will be hosted by Mandy Nolan. For details email email@example.com or phone Tess Cullen at the Byron Community 6685 6807. Photo Jeff ‘Pour Me Another Chiaroscuro, Bartender’ Dawson.
Crime spree hits Bangalow and Byron Bay Eve Jeffery & Victoria Cosford
was still a crime scene late Monday. Other businesses in the town were attacked in the early hours – Bangalow Hair had a small amount of damage to a rear entrance when an attempt to jimmy the door failed when the perpetrator was unable to break the lock, and staff at Utopia Café spent the morning tidying up after thieves ransacked the business searching for cash. Last Thursday, between 6.30pm and 7am the next day, thieves forced their way inside a clothing store on Byron Street at Bangalow and stole $180,000 of designer brand clothing. The brands stolen include TRBD, Citizen Jeans, Gypsy 05, Replay and Fwy. Anyone who can help should contact Byron Bay Police via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Bangalow fell victim to a crime spree in the early hours of Monday morning in a series of events that has left locals shaken and traumatised. A delivery driver at Bangalow Newsagency was accosted and threatened with a machete a short time after he arrived for work at the Byron Street business, when a man in a balaclava appeared out of nowhere and demanded the keys to the safe. The assailant followed the driver onto the premises and terrorised him before cutting phone lines and threatening to tie the worker up. The victim, who is a local wishing to remain anonymous, managed to escape when the armed man forced him to retrieve his mobile phone from his vehicle. The victim Bay café cleaned out Barely open five months, the Afdrove away before calling police. The staff member and the owners rican Village Café in Jonson Street, of the business spent several hours Byron Bay, was recently broken into. with the police and the premises Unaware that they had been recorded
on the RSL surveillance camera, the three thieves ‘cleaned the place out’, according to owners Martina Winch and Manie Ackah. Damage was extensive and has been devastating, as well as costly, to them both. Much of their stock is sourced outside of Byron Bay from places like Brisbane and so the couple had to close the premises for several days for re-stocking. Not only was food and coffee stolen but also the equipment Manie uses in his regular live music sessions at the café – and despite its subsequent retrieval by police, much of it was damaged or broken. ‘It’s been a really stressful time’, Martina told The Echo. ‘We were just getting on our feet. We didn’t think that something like this would happen in a town like Byron Bay. The owners declined to press charges, believing that the offenders,who evidence suggests were under the influence of drugs, ‘need to be rehabilitated rather than sent to jail...’
Despite a staff report which called for a policy of ‘zero tolerance’ towards illegal development Byron Shire councillors resolved last week to take a gradual approach to sorting out the issues. Council is also looking at establishing a development control plan (DCP) for Affordable Rural Housing which will look at options such as expanded housing, attached dual occupancies, rural workers’ dwellings, multiple occupancies, holiday cabins, studios, and camping grounds or manufactured home estates. As a first step Council will write to all property owners on its unlawful dwelling list ‘to inform them that Council believes they have unlawful dwellings, and request them to respond and provide Council with any approvals or information they may have in relation to approvals’.
Affordable housing plan Any concessions to rural landowners under a DCP for affordable housing would require ‘a condition to be placed on title that these concessions are for the purpose of providing affordable housing and must be relinquished if the use ceases’. The Draft DCP would include a sunset clause of two years for receiving applications. Mayor Jan Barham told The Echo, ‘Council is very aware of the need for affordable housing in the rural areas and with the known unapproved dwellings we will consider variations to current planning options to provide the opportunities for approval. ‘The issue is not just about regulation, Council must consider the social and safety requirements of the community and how we can provide additional housing for those who are in need.’ In recent times Council has been accused of hypocrisy over its stance on illegal development – failing to enforce its zoning regulations in relation to
urban holiday letting yet at the same time cracking down on illegal rural dwellings. In a related matter, Council also set its compliance priorities for 2010. Listed as ‘Very High’ are any development, action, works or activity that places people’s lives at risk, including places of shared accommodation, unapproved dwellings and unapproved use of dwellings; any development, action, works or activity that causes or is likely to cause environmental harm or pollution; and dangerous and/or uncontrolled dogs, livestock on public roads. High priorities are an audit of a percentage of development applications for compliance with consent conditions; companion animals education and management strategies; noise disturbance, public nuisance from premises, non compliance with alcohol free zones; traffic and parking enforcement; unauthorised events, including ‘doof ’ and ‘rave’ parties; camping in public streets and reserves.
High non compliance A staff report on the compliance priorities noted: ‘Despite an active compliance program and publicity given to some court matters, there is still a high level of non compliance in the Shire across a range of issues. In matters of illegal development, for example, there appears to be a culture that focuses on who lodged the complaint and the inconvenience of being investigated, rather than genuine concern about the failure to obtain approvals or consent which created the issue in the first place.’ In 2008/2009 Council received 609 requests for compliance action – 172 for illegal building works, 96 for illegal business operation, 112 about illegal land clearing, 156 about general illegal development, 29 about illegal earthworks, eight about fire safety issues, 33 about illegal land use and three about swimming pool issues.
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Brianâ€™s amazing career has spanned more than 40 years. His own songs have been covered by many well-known performers, including Gene Pitney, Glen Campbell, Dobie Gray, Cilla Black, Wayne Newton, Bonnie Tyler, Joe Cocker and Ringo Starr. He has also written songs for other artists and sound tracks for film and television. In 2007 Brian was inducted into both the ARIA Hall of Fame and the Australian Songwriters Association (ASA) Songwriters Hall of Fame, in recognition of his lifetime of singing and songwriting achievements.
Fresh voices at Brunswick Story & photo Eve Jeffery
Another successful Fresh Chords event was held in Brunswick Heads on Saturday night. The Memorial Hall in Fingal Street was alight with colour, music and a wide spectrum of high school aged performers including Eleea Navarro, Katie Kirkpatrick, Lifeline, Hanna Sidoti and Maddy Monacelli, Shae Oâ€™Tool, Alexandra Dickson, Djuaan Cockatoo and Rtiztik HipHop. The event, MCd by Justin Fenwick, also presented several short performances by members of the Spaghetti Circus. The event this time around provided an opportunity to let the many younger kids take a turn onstage with Lifeline performers Patrick Hetherington, Jade Degan, Louie Swain and Anatole Serret, showing just what a bunch of year seveners can do. Local youth are trying to work up to regular monthly events, each organised by a different group of young people and the positive response from Fresh Chords is promising for future events. The next youth event at the hall with be â€˜Bless tha Beatzâ€™, a Hip Hop night organised by Rtiztikâ€™s Tanina Millis and Connor Jones, on Lifeline, with singer/guitarist Patrick Hetherington, showed to the crowd at Fresh Chords just what Year 7 kids are up to. December 19.
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Artisan market The Byron Artisan Market is kicking off again this summer from 5pm Saturday December 12 in Railway Park. The market will be a showcase of original arts and crafts from the Byron region. Community centre general manager Paul Spooner said, â€˜The market will assist in contributing to the development of a local economy that supports artists and craftspeople of the Byron region. I believe people will enjoy the best that the region has to offer in a creative and relaxed way. What better way to end a Saturday then watching the sun set over the Bay then stroll down Jonson Street to see and buy some wonderful pieces of art and craft.â€™ The Byron Artisan Market will be trading each Saturday night from 5pm till 9pm throughout the summer months. Stallholder enquiries can be made to to byronmarkets@ byroncentre.com.au.
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People lined up eagerly for free food at the annual Beggars Banquet held in Railway Park last Saturday. The event began with the Beggar Queen leading a walk of Love & Abundance from St Vinnies in Marvel Street to the feast at Railway Park. The dayâ€™s entertainment included kidsâ€™ bands, youth bands, big bands, jazz, Irish, Latin, cabaret, bellydance, reggae dub, drum circle, fire show, and a DJ set. Byronâ€™s fourth annual Beggars Banquet was a fundraiser for the new drop-in centre at Fletcher Street. The Byron Neighbourhood Resource Centre has set a target of $20,000 to help establish the drop-in centre.
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Proposed Optus mobile tower draws residentsâ€™ fury Residents living in the Old Bangalow Road/Coopers Shoot area of Byron Bay are expressing their concern at a proposed Optus mobile phone tower. The tower would be 40 metres high and located beside the water tower at the junction of Bangalow and Old Bangalow Roads. Among a litany of objections are included the fact that there had been no community consultation; the visual impact of the tower; potential damage to community health and well-
being as well as to the environment; and property values. As one resident pointed out, â€˜Itâ€™s not as if it will be just a stick!â€™ The situation has been likened to the proposed telecommunications facility destined for Coolamon Scenic Drive in Mullumbimby earlier this year. Residents of that area submitted a comprehensive report which included an analysis of the environmental effects, letters of support and public petitions and were eventually successful in preventing the project from going ahead. According to one of its
spokespeople, â€˜Optus is following a rigorous assessment process for its Bangalow Road site including a formal process of consultation run by the local council. â€˜This includes letters to adjoining landowners, advertisements in the paper and signage placed at the site. â€˜The public is able to submit comments to Council as part of the consultation process and in addition Optus is happy to receive direct feedback or questions from the community via a dedicated email address â€“ communityrelations@optus.
com.au. We will respond to feedback and questions from the community in relation to our proposal. â€˜We have assessed multiple locations around the area and we believe this site represents the best opportunity to strike a balance between customer demand for improved mobile and broadband coverage in the area and the preferences of individual residents.â€™ Byron Shire Council was unavailable for comment. Residents have until December 9 to lodge their objections.
â€˜Why not consider swapping that outgrown childrenâ€™s toy for a vintage hand-painted teapot for Mum or a garden shovel for Dad? Swapping saves not only the energy to produce a new product, but helps reduce unwanted items ending up in landfill.â€™
The swap market will also see the staging of a local seed swap with Byron Hinterland Seed Savers, composting demonstrations with the North East Waste Forum and BBQ fundraiser supplied by the Mullumbimby Community Garden catering team.
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All â€˜un-swappedâ€™ items at the end of the day will be donated to the Salvation Army in Byron Bay. For more information on the swap market contact Council on 6626 7077 or visit www.byron.nsw.gov.au/ sustainability/swapmarket for registration details.
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