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March 31, 2023


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Tweed residents outraged at destruction of koala habitat on Cobaki Creek

A 'legacy' floodplain development on the tidal estuary of Cobaki Creek, known to have recent koala sightings, was approved in 1996 and is now being cleared.

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Murwillumbah Fire Station needs more firefighters

There is probably not one adult who hasn’t been grateful for the job that firefighters have done in this country, particularly in the aftermath of the The 2019–20 Australian bushfires.

Closing the Gap on Aboriginal health in the Byron Shire

Close the Gap aims to reduce disadvantage experienced by Indigenous peoples with respect to child mortality, childhood education, life expectancy and health.

And Still I Sing

Ballina Region for Refugees is holding a fundraising screening at Byron Theatre next Wednesday to raise urgently needed funds for their community resettlement program. The film is And Still I Sing, an extraordinary documentary by Afghan filmmaker, Fazila Amiri. 

Women of song at The Con

The Northern Rivers Conservatorium (The Con), in association with Musica Viva Australia, is pleased to present a special event in its Concert Room on Friday 28 April – Women of Song.  This innovative new show developed by the acclaimed Jessie Lloyd of Mission Songs Project includes themes of intergenerational practices, singing on, and from, Country, commitment to community, and preserving knowledge in song. It’s an intimate celebration of the ‘here and now’ of Indigenous culture, a rare mix of spontaneous conversation and songs exploring the modern-day practice and living heart of the world’s oldest living culture.

We’re coming to cycle

Our small cycling group is headed your way (20-24 March) to experience the newly-opened Northern Rivers Rail Trail and...

Are we there yet? NSW election vote count update

The NSW Electoral Commission says that more than four million votes have been counted for the 2023 NSW State election as record postal votes continue to be returned.   

Follow the Leda

Leda’s claims that an independent inquiry may be necessary into Tweed Shire Council’s planning processes have been rejected by Mayor Barry Longland.

Mr van Rij, Leda’s top honcho, said earlier this week an independent inquiry into the deficiencies exposed by his company may be necessary.

I’m with Reg on this. I think a thorough inquiry into all aspects of planning behind the King’s Forest and Cobaki Lakes, high-density mini-cities, is a good idea. Then we may see not only the deficiencies exposed by his company but the deficiencies of the company itself.

Chris Degenhardt (Tweed Shire resident)


Time for Leda-ship

What a pity; what a shame; what a missed opportunity. Leda has shown, by its predatory and aggressive attitude towards our landscape, natural resources and community, that it is unable to understand the beauty and integrity of the Caldera context.

Bob Ell and Reg van Rij seem to prefer confrontation to cooperation in their fundamental attitude towards developing their/our greenfield sites into human settlements appropriate for this unique bio-region in 2011.

The contempt for our inherent/inherited landforms and vegetation and the bullyboy attitude towards our community is weird and delinquent considering the commercial reality that the company must ultimately sell these sterile bits of dirt to the public for large sums of money.

There is a softer, more ecologically sustainable and cooperative way where natural values and ecosystems are honoured and nurtured.

Even if Leda have a virtual monopoly on new greenfield residential development, it should still make economic and ecological sense to tread softly and sympathetically rather than rape, scrape, burn and bulldoze.

Adversarial abuse of the community is just as senseless as making war on the landscape.

Hop E Hopkins

Co-ordinator, Caldera Environment Centre

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Working with Nature at the Living Lab

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