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September 29, 2023


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Feros responds to Expression of Interest announcement

The announcement earlier today that the Minister for Crown Lands, Steve Kamper, started the Expressions of Interest (EOI) process for Feros Village Byron Bay has drawn a response from the Feros Care board that still sees the facility in terms of a 'closure'. 

Other News

What do you think of the Wade Park masterplan?

So many of the Lismore LGA assets were damaged in last year’s flood and the process of rebuilding is creating an opportunity to do things differently.

‘Yes’ posters dismantled

I’m feeling a ‘tad’ disillusioned with the human species. My two ‘Yes’ posters were violated and removed just last...

Ballina Shire Council to consider relinquishing conservation zone powers

The future of conservation zones in the Ballina Shire could be left to private landowners in a council vote expected this week.

Bush ball – but fancy schmancy

The beautiful A&I Hall is the setting for the inaugural Bangalow Boujee Bush Ball on October 14 – celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Bangalow Community Children’s Centre. This will be a party to remember. 

No more Hottentot

In addressing the topic of the names ‘Khoisan’ and ‘Hottentot’ and their implications for the indigenous people of South...

Cinema: Battle of the sea folk

Yes, it’s school holidays so there are lots of films with ‘G’ in the rating, and Ruby Gillman – Teenage Kraken is definitely on the list. Sometimes the hero you are meant to be lies just beneath the surface.

Reel good show

Just got back from a holiday in Tassie, which was great, but I was sad that I missed the annual Bangalow Show.

I cheered up straight away, however, when I got my Echonetdaily this morning from my email box and there was Chris and Sharon’s video report on the show. Well done, you two. I almost felt like I was there!

Ian Hay, Samsara, Ballina Road, Bangalow


Rats in the ranks?

I smell a rat. So the latest rumor is NOT a rumour! Apparently now Stuart George, son of Thomas George, works for Metgasco!

How in the world can a Richmond Valley councillor also work for the gas company that has the petroleum lease over the area? Isn’t that a direct conflict of interest? How can Stuart George possibly be counted on to make unbiased decisions regarding any CSG issues? If this councillor works for Metgasco, surely any decisions he makes will serve the interests of the company writing his pay cheques, rather than the interests of the community.

If the local community has concerns (and we DO) about the dangerously unregulated CSG industry, how can we be sure that Stuart George won’t just sweep our concerns under the rug? What or who will stop this man from just making decisions and signing contracts and agreements without proper public consultation?

And what about his (strangely quiet lately) father, Thomas George?

Just what does he think of this? Does he still think that CSG is ‘a bloody worry’? Or perhaps all along Thomas has only really been worried about how the heck he was going to push this CSG agenda through, regardless of the desires of his voting public. Now that his son works for Metgasco, perhaps he thinks it’ll make his agenda easier.

There is a very big rat in the kitchen, with its eye on our cheese. I’m getting my broom.

H Fuerst, Nimbin 

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A win for Feros Village Byron Bay residents

A whole community can expel a sigh of relief at the breaking news that months of distress and sadness can now become part of history – this morning the Minister for Crown Lands, Steve Kamper, has announced that services providers for aged care are advised that Expressions of Interest (EOI) are now open for Feros Village Byron Bay.

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