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Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Vape Culture

Tobacco companies are in your home and in your school. They are quite possibly in your kid’s school bag. They have their sights set on your children; your precious kids are their future. They need to groom your babies into addiction so that their shareholders can continue to suck in their grubby toxic profits. The lips of the tobacco industry are on the soft fleshy cheeks of your babies and they are sucking hard. They are vaping the life out of your kids.

Other News

Geoff Provest talks SSF and hosptials in Tweed

A key issue in the seat of Tweed is around the preservation of State Significant Farmland that is currently under threat from developers like those behind the 'Cudgen Connection' development proposed for the site next to the current Tweed Valley Hospital.

Violet Coco released on good behaviour bond

It was a long wait from April 2022 until December and an even longer wait from then until this week for climate activist Violet Coco who was released on a good behaviour bond after being sentenced to 15 months jail in December for blocking the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Jeremy Buckingham back to legalise cannabis

Former NSW Greens MLC Jeremy Buckingham is back on the hustings as the lead upper house candidate for the Legalise Cannabis Party in the NSW state election.

Seat of Lismore has 1,000 new constituents after Electoral Commission redistribution

There are about 1,000 new constituents in the Byron Shire hinterland who at this Saturday’s election come into the Electorate of Lismore because of a NSW Electoral Commission redistribution.

A bonanza for developers and land bankers?

The NSW Planning Rezoning Pathways Program will service the current agendas of developers and land bankers throughout Tweed Shire, particularly the State Significant Farmlands of Cudgen Plateau.

Victoria offers solutions for a kinder world

Local author, Victoria Thompson, is so passionate about protecting animals that she spent eight years researching and writing the book Animals Are Us – a guide to a kinder world.

With the Gold Coast winning the Commonwealth Games for 2018, northern NSW and south-east QLD will see an unprecedented number of visitors.

Local rail lobby group Trains on our Tracks (TOOT) is calling for rail to be seen as a way of moving the thousands of participants and visitors around the region.

‘We need to be smart about the transport options,’ said TOOT president Karin Kolbe.

‘TOOT calls on all parties to work together to get rail services running in the Northern Rivers and connected through to the Gold Coast airport.

‘It’s in the interests of everyone – visitors, residents, tourism operators and politicians – to make it an enjoyable experience for everyone. We don’t want to see our road system turned into a giant car park with bumper-to-bumper traffic.

‘We call on the federal government, the QLD and NSW governments and all the councils to work together on this.’

The existing Casino–Murwillumbah train line terminates just beyond Murwillumbah. From there it’s about 24km to the Gold Coast airport.

In the last budget the NSW funded an independent investigation into the feasibility of reopening the line but TOOT says an independent study done by Price Waterhouse Coopers in 2004 said that light rail could be running on the line for just $30 million.

In comparison, the Ballina bypass has cost $640 million and the Tugun bypass $543 million.

In 2008 the federal government gave $375 million towards the Gold Coast light rail.

‘The NSW state government has committed to a transport plan, and we urge them to consider the needs of tourists and locals.

‘In the context of large infrastructure projects, our rail line offers value for money because it’s already in place,’ said Ms Kolbe.

‘Let’s seize this opportunity to create the infrastructure that will serve us well for decades.’

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