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May 8, 2021


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Join Clarkes Beach paddle out this weekend to stop massive oil and gas field project

Hundreds of local surfers and water-lovers will paddle out at Clarke’s Beach over the weekend to protest against a massive oil and gas field proposed for the NSW coast.

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Kingscliff man charged over rape allegations

Tweed Byron police have arrested a 35-year-old Kingscliff man over rape allegations.

Honouring midwives on their International day

Many of us have a midwife to thank for our safe arrival from the womb, these specialised 'catching' hands are a blessing to both mum and bub in hospitals and in the home.

Ballina Shire for the next 4 years: time to have your say

The Ballina Shire Council’s Draft Delivery Program and Operational Plan 2021/22 - 2024/25 will be on exhibition until the 28th of May with provisions for public feedback. 

Native Title declared on Evans Head after 25-year fight

Last week the court met on Evans Head, where 52 small parcels of land covering a total of 7.2 square kilometres were given native title.

Search for a home

Jules Claydon, Ocean Shores I helped a friend move to a new rental property last week, relieved that a stressful...

On-farm restaurant’s sustainable vision

Frida’s Field is an on-farm restaurant based in Nashua, just ten minutes from Bangalow. Hosting three long lunches per...

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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