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March 31, 2023


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Is polluting a lake in a national park to support new housing ok?

From Byron Bay to Evans Head to Casino the questions about how we deal with what is politely termed ‘effluent’, and how that may or may not destroy our local environment, demand real and urgent answers.

Other News

The search for Australia’s best public dunny is on again!

The Continence Foundation of Australia is asking for submissions to find Australia’s best public toilets as part of this year’s much-loved Great Dunny Hunt.

TEB takes one from two in cricket grand finals

Last Saturday saw grand final cricket action across all grades on the Far North Coast with Tintenbar-East Ballina (TEB)...

Regulation essential

I would like to sincerely thank the nearly 6,000 people in our community who signed the ‘Byron Deserves Balance’...

It’s Sunset and it’s Loooooong

If there’s one thing that indie music fans can all agree on, it’s The Long Sunset – the wanderlust music and camping festival set in the lush surrounds of the Canungra, Queensland hinterland on 29 April.

Share flood stories at Mullum Farmers Market

To mark the anniversary of the 28 February 2022 flooding of Mullumbimby, which was followed by continued flooding throughout...

Byron Bay NRMA to close March 31

According to owners, Warren and Dennise Simmons, NRMA does not consider the agency financially viable, with the increasing volumes of online sales and transactions.

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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