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Police confirm Main Arm drug operation

NSW Police have finally confirmed what pretty much every one in Main Arm already knows – they are conducting drug operations in the north of the Shire.

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Northern Rivers policeman accused of youth assault to continue facing trial

A police officer accused of assaulting a 16-year-old in Byron Bay more than three years ago is to continue facing trial this week.

Last minute water park unsuccessful as Jack Evans Boat Harbour PoM approved

A last minute attempt by Councillor Warren Polglase (conservative) to introduce a water park as part of the Jack Evans Boat Harbour Plan of Management (PoM)at last nights Tweed Shire Council saw yet another ‘workshop’ set up for councillors to discuss the implications.

Interview with Michael Balson, creator of Ocean to Sky

Local filmmaker helps tell the story of Edmund Hillary’s last adventure, in the film, Ocean to Sky

Research takes the vegan option to a new level

A project by Flinders University will see their Centre for Marine Bioproducts Development fishing for new vegan ideas.

The value of kindness taught at Wilsons Creek school

Wilsons Creek Public School has joined the Kindness On Purpose movement, which aims to teach children and teenagers how to be kind to themselves and kind to others.

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David Gilet, Byron Bay Normally I would agree with anything written by Robin Harrison, but I cannot agree with his...

CSG outrage

The recent local government conference in Nowra demonstrated that councils from all over the state, and from all political viewpoints, unanimously support the call for a moratorium on CSG mining and exploration. Every CSG motion at the conference was passed without opposition.

So we need to ask why both the NSW and Qld governments are refusing to listen to the people? Why can’t they do what the people are demanding and press the pause button on CSG approvals? Why do these two governments want to deny farmers the right to protect their land and livelihoods?

I find it totally outrageous that any state government could sell mining rights for an exploitative business that may destroy some of our best farming land. And don’t they realise they are alienating rural people and destroying rural communities in the process?

The evidence is clear that once aquifers and water supplies become contaminated there is no going back. Once a gas field is up and running, with the associated infrastructure, noise and pollution, there will be no prospect of restoring the status quo.

Depending on which government department you speak to, between 49 per cent and 67 per cent  of NSW is currently subject to some form of mining or exploration licence, including most of the Northern Rivers. It seems that we Australians, and our collective future, may have already been sold out.

The future we should be planning for would have solar farms in the desert instead of gas fields covering the farming land where strong rural communities used to be. It’s time to draw a line in the sand and Lock the Gate.

Cr Jeff Johnson

Lennox Head


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Call to protect oceans from plastic and pollution

A new sign has been installed at Main Beach, Byron Bay, calling for increased awareness and collective action on the issue of marine debris and pollution. 

Pottsville’s controversial Men’s Shed extension to be advertised

The controversial Men’s Shed at Black Rocks Sports Fields in Pottsville was granted the opportunity to expand its footprint 12m to the west at last week’s Tweed Shire Council meeting.

A closer look at Byron Council’s fossil fuel investments

Is Byron Council putting its money where its mouth is when it comes to reducing carbon emissions?

Entertainment in the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning 24 February, 2021

Entertainment in the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning 24 February, 2021