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March 22, 2023

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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.

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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.

Child protection and DCJ workers ‘feeling abandoned’ in Lismore

The failure of the NSW government to support the most vulnerable people in Lismore and the Northern Rivers a year on from the devastating 2022 floods is being called out.

Lismore candidate Matthew Bertalli

With just a few days until we head to the polls, The Echo asked the candidates for the seat of Lismore one last bunch of questions.

Labor’s Craig Elliot commits to SSF and keeping old Tweed Hospital site open

Talking state significant farmland (SSF) and the Tweed Hospitals Labor’s Craig Elliot has committed to preserving SSF, free parking at the new Tweed Valley Hospital (TVH) and keeping the old Tweed Hospital in public hands. 

Bangalow Theatre Company’s got Hair

Gimme a head with hair/ Long, beautiful hair/ Shining, gleaming/ Streaming, flaxen, waxen/ Give me down to there hair/ Shoulder length or longer/ Here, baby, there, mama/ Everywhere, daddy, daddy/ Hair – hair, hair, hair, hair, hair/ Grow it, show it/ Long as I can grow it/ My hair…

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.

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Increasing frustration with globalisation is expressing itself in many forms – such as the recent Occupy movements springing up all over the world, including, briefly last month, in Byron Bay.

At a meeting last Thursday, around 200 people heard about an action plan for the renewal of local communities, including local investment and business.

It is the ongoing work of Energising Communities (www.energisingcommunities.org.au).

In Byron Bay corporate lawyers and communications experts organised eleven speakers, including live video links with Michael Shuman, NY director of Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) and Martin Blake, UK carbon zero solutions expert speaking from Singapore.

Govts back unsound globalisation

Mr Shuman explained that governments worldwide back a type of globalisation he called ‘TINA’ – There Is No Alternative. These are the global conglomerates, speculative trading and sub-prime mortgages which delivered the Global Financial Crisis of 2008.

He explains there is an alternative, ‘LOIS’: Locally Owned Import Substitution.

Paul Niederer, CEO Australian Small Scale Offerings Board (ASSOB), pointed out that when the $1.3 trillion traded on the stock market is analysed, only 4.7 per cent is activity based on products and services.

The rest is speculative, little more than gambling. He explained how ASSOB provides advice and an internet platform to help small enterprises raise large amounts of capital.

Energising Communities selected Byron Bay Community Centre as an outstanding example of community enterprise. BBCC manager Paul Spooner said that largely through the work of some 200 volunteers the centre offers services for the homeless, administers no-interest loans and maintains a high-quality theatre. He sees a new service in developing local enterprises as with the new collective of local fashion designers.

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