Slow Council Land Release Doubles Industrial Estate Land Values

Byron Bay Arts and Industrial Estate. Photo: Google

A RECENT NSW Valuer General report blames limited new land releases in the Byron local government area by multiple Councils over many years has driven up land values on existing properties.

NSW Valuer General Simon Gilkes says overall there was a strong increase in land values in the Byron Local Government Area between 2016 and 2017.

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Byron Shire Council Tests for Tallow Creek Odour and Water Quality

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BYRON SHIRE Council staff have taken water samples at different locations in Tallow Creek at Suffolk Park after members of the public reported a bad smell and discoloured water.

Acting Manager, Infrastructure Services, Phil Warner, said Council’s Environmental Health Officer inspected a large section of Tallow Creek and has taken water samples that have been sent for testing but at this stage Council believes the odour and water discolouration are a natural event.

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Chris and Liam Hemsworth Rent Broken Head house with Miley and Elsa

The home was last advertised at a price of $752-$1075 per night. Photo: Supplied

THEY’RE often spotted around Byron Bay and now the Hemsworth brothers, plus their beaus Elsa Pataky and Miley Cyrus, have reportedly taken up temporary residence at a lavish pad in nearby Broken Head.

The sprawling property known as Titijaru sold in March 2017 for $4.25 million and is now being rented by the Hollywood A-listers.

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Echo Journo Turns in Top Story From Byron Bay Local Court

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WITH THE Echo’s usual court reporter away, Paul Bibby was dispatched to Byron Bay Local Court to chase an animal-cruelty story.

Make sure you click the link at the end to catch Paul’s full story on the Echonetdaily website…

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Make Your Wedding a Day to Remember at the Byron Bay Services Club

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AT THE BYRON Bay Services Club staff and management are excited for the opportunity to look after you and your guests on one of the most memorable days of your life.

The Byron Bay Services Club is proud to offer the “Pandanus Room” as the perfect, affordable venue for your special day.

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FROM FACEBOOK: When Trains Was Trains


VOICE of BYRON regular and Bay original, Kenny Fagan, shared with us some terrific shots of the train days in the Bay. 

Kenny’s shots include one from the steam era, and also feature Lance Ryan hanging off the side of a locomotive

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FROM FACEBOOK: Bob McTavish at Watego’s 1961

VOICE of BYRON regular, Shaun McDonald shared Hodaddy’s post about the early 1960s at Watego’s Beach.

Hodaddy says, “That is Wategoes Beach in 1961, via Colin Ashford. There are several nice photos of Wategoes showing no houses, minimal houses, the banana farm, then the dirt road into bitumen and of course to where it is now … millionaires only. 

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Byron Council GM Disappointed After Attempts to Help Bike Shop Backfire

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“UNGRATEFUL AND extremely disappointing” is how Byron Shire Council’s General Manager, Ken Gainger, is describing a small business owner who was allowed to set up shop in a prime site in Byron Bay’s CBD for 12 months rent-free. 

“The owner of a solar, charged electric bike hire company approached Council in August 2016, asking us, as a show of support for start-up businesses, to allow him to operate from a prominent location in the Byron Bay CBD such as a car park,” Mr Gainger said.

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