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April 19, 2024

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A quiet day in Bruns after arrests and lock-ons

Though no machinery arrived at Wallum this morning, contractors and police were on the development site at Brunswick Heads as well as dozens of Save Wallum protesters. 

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Wage peace not war

Northern Rivers Peace group, Remembering and Healing is inviting all community members to a peace gathering on the eve of ANZAC Day.

Shame Mullum RSL

For those that do not know, RSL stands for Returned and Services League Australia. An independent support organisation for...

Northern Rivers rugby league underway for 2024

Senior rugby league got off to a good start for the 2024 season with Byron Bay, Ballina and Mullumbimby teams picking up competition points.

Has the state government responded effectively to the 2022 flood and other disasters? 

The NSW Reconstruction Authority (NSW RA) is under examination to look at how it has managed the response to the 2022 floods and other disasters.

A quiet day in Bruns after arrests and lock-ons

Though no machinery arrived at Wallum this morning, contractors and police were on the development site at Brunswick Heads as well as dozens of Save Wallum protesters. 

Final foreshore picnic?

Brunswick Heads residents are gathering at Ferry Reserve Foreshore next Sunday 27 November at 10.30am to highlight encroachment issues and the impact of road closures by Ferry Caravan Park management.

Michele and Sarah will walk, talk, discuss and answer questions about the issues and our options for retaining the foreshore as open recreational space for future generations.

This may be our last chance to picnic and play on the Ferry foreshore as the compulsory acquisition of road reserves deadline is 29 November.

There is no-one else but us to save these parks and reserves for our community!

Michele Grant

Foreshore Protection Group

 

 

Help at hand for library plan

If you’re confused about the Regional Library, you’re not alone. This Lismore City Council takeover must be downright baffling to readers and library card-holders alike.

Even councillors in all four Regional Library councils are obviously struggling to come to grips with the history, complexity and the reams of Lismore spin flying around.

One local councillor, not even a member of the Library Committee, Ballina’s Cr Jeff Johnson, has met the problem with head-on common sense that is both simple and elegant. Jeff contacted the NSW State Library directly, the department responsible for the administration of all libraries in NSW, to ask for help in finding a way forward.

By showing real initiative, he found out that the State Library will happily provide written advice to any of the four Regional Library councils free of charge. All that has to be done is to ask officially.

As a result Jeff has lodged a Notice of Motion to Ballina Council’s next meeting to officially ask the State Library ‘to advise (Ballina Council) on the future structure and management options available to the Richmond Tweed Regional Library’.

Yes, why not? I think that’s a pretty darn good idea. Get some free professional advice, right from the top.

I don’t know why the other three councils don’t do the same; after all, there’s nothing to lose and everything to gain. Well done, Cr Jeff. I hope your Ballina colleagues take advantage of your good idea and support it unanimously this Thursday.

Alan Rich

Lennox Head

Australia


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