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Richmond Valley Council Asked to Withdraw Application for 42% Special Rate Variation

Richmond Valley Council applied earlier this year for a Special Rate Variation amounting to a 42% increase in rates over five years.  This was the third highest rate increase of the 31 councils who applied. Recently council has been asked … Continue reading

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General Manager’s Pay Packet Increases to $240,000

At yesterday’s meeting Richmond Valley Council’s General Manager was awarded a $10,400 increase in his salary package bringing the total to $240,000 per year. Last year he was awarded $19,350 bringing his total salary package increase over two years to … Continue reading

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Council’s Musical Chairs for Managers and 42.5% Proposed Rate Increase

On the 18th of February 2014 Richmond Valley Council  agreed unanimously to a Special Rate Variation (SRV) Application which will increase rates (based on material provided by IPART) by 42.5% over five years for residential ratepayers: This proposed increase is … Continue reading

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Noxious Camphor Laurels Spreading Along Evans Head-Broadwater Road Need Urgent Control

Camphor Laurel trees are a pest weed species in Northern NSW.   The Evans Head-Broadwater area, including Broadwater National Park,  has been relatively free of this invasive weed until just recently. The sudden appearance of young trees followed the digging … Continue reading

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Bandjalang Native Title Claims #1 & #2 Finalised at Evans Head

Editor’s Warning:  This story contains the name of a deceased member of the Bandjalang People Native Title Claims by the Bandjalang have finally been resolved 17 years after the original application was made to the National Native Title Tribunal. The … Continue reading

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Manitoulin Island Grandeur Canada: photographers’ paradise

This is my first time to Manitoulin Island in Northern Ontario.  What a fantastic place! One of the best times of the year to visit is the autumn when the leaves are changing

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Where’s the Evidence Minister Hazzard To Support Your Claim?

Planning Minister Brad Hazzard’s claim that ‘a lot of the groups don’t agree with each other’ in their submissions on his new planning system needs to be substantiated by the Minister especially in light of the recent independent analysis instigated … Continue reading

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NSW Government Hires Spin Doctors to Flog Flawed Planning Laws

The NSW government is gearing up to flog its proposed new planning laws to the public. Two posts were advertised over the weekend, one a Director of Public Affairs or ‘Spin Doctor‘ to sell the fatally-flawed planning system,  and the … Continue reading

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Planning Minister Brad Hazzard Ain’t Listening

Despite extensive, responsible  criticism of  Planning Minister Brad Hazzard’s proposed new draconian planning legislation, slated for introduction right after the Federal election, the Minister is clearly not listening to what is being said by the wider community and is pushing … Continue reading

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HAZZARDS Proposed Planning Laws for NSW a Hazard

The NSW State Government is not listening to the people of NSW about its proposed new planning laws which give big developers a free kick and shut out opportunity for you to object to that three storey block of flats … Continue reading

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