Byron heads new local government tourism alliance

Byron Shire Council, representing one of Australia’s most popular tourism destinations, is forming a National Tourism Councils Advocacy Alliance (NTCAA). The new body will have its first meeting in Sydney in early December. “We are often lone voice to State and Federal Governments for a better outcome from tourism,” said Byron Shire Mayor, Simon Richardson. […]

Feds bitten by dentists over local government fluoridation failures

By Julian Bajkowski Australia’s official body for dentists has taken a bite out of Australia’s main political parties over what it claims is a “deafening silence” over local governments controversially removing fluoride from town water supplies against the interests of public health. The Australian Dental Association (ADA) is warning that taxpayers and the federally funded […]

Byron Bay mulls midnight call for Last Drinks

By Julian Bajkowski The iconic New South Wales surfing mecca of Byron Bay has become the latest front in a growing push by community advocates and emergency services workers to cut after-midnight liquor trading hours to reduce incidents of alcohol fuelled violence that are giving the coastal town a bad name. A weekend community forum […]

New corruption scandal hits 14 NSW councils

By Julian Bajkowski The local government sector in New South Wales has been rocked by the findings of an Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) probe released today that has found 41 people participated in corrupt conduct, with many now council employees and officers now likely to face prosecution. The corruption watchdog has found that “22 […]


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