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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.

Other News

‘Bees they’re fucking awesome!’ so why are we introducing flies?

The little varroa mite is leading to the eradication of many beehives in NSW. Researchers will be releasing pollinator flies in the Coffs Harbour biosecurity Red Zone to help pollinate berry crops.

Cooler year ‘reprieve’ but trends continue, says Australia’s Environment Report

The latest annual report on the state of Australia’s environment has suggested that 2022’s higher than average rainfall could provide “a reprieve” for Australia and better enable it to cope with the forecast 2023 dry spell.

Byron Bay NRMA to close March 31

According to owners, Warren and Dennise Simmons, NRMA does not consider the agency financially viable, with the increasing volumes of online sales and transactions.

Vale Nina Milenko Marzi

One of Byron’s most colourful characters has spread her wings and taken flight for her next adventure – Nina Milenko Marzi died on Thursday March 23, in Byron Bay.

Buskers for Blues

The Bluesfest Busking Comp is a community engagement initiative, established 19 years ago by a group of dedicated, local musical souls – proudly executed by ACE, and fully supported and fostered by Peter Noble and the Bluesfest family.

Will Provest win the Tweed seat over Elliot?

It appears that Tweed MP Geoff Provest will retain the seat of Tweed but there are still plenty of votes to be counted.

Byron’s beautiful but…

Having spent the last two years travelling first Australia then the world, I look back whimsically at Byron Bay and reflect on the beautiful place and admit, I miss it. Most of it anyway. The beaches, the markets, the community, most of the weather…

I don’t miss the shitty parks. There is not a tourist town in Australia that does not have a better main park. Not one. Seriously. In a year travelling Australia, Byron Bay beachfront park came last in terms of amenities. Plenty of non-tourist towns do as well. And they all have skate parks.

I don’t miss the high rents. A three-bedroom furnished inner city apartment here in Berlin city centre, with a view, costs $AU250 a week.

I don’t miss the lack of public transport. OK, not fair to compare BB to a large city, but Berlin compared to Sydney? It has five times as many suburban stations with an underground that crisscrosses the city with a train every three minutes. And above-ground trains, trams and buses. Sydney has one line, choked roads.

I don’t miss the paid parking. OK, you do have to pay sometimes; the most we have paid is $2 an hour in central Berlin (same as Byron Car Park) and once we got a parking fine – $15. I am tempted not to even bother paying for parking any more since that’s the fine amount.

I don’t miss the grocery prices. 500ml bottle of beer from the supermarket? – 45 euro cents. Broccoli 59 euro cents a kilo, lamb chops 6.99 euros a kilo, milk 60 euro cents a litre, nice large loaves of bread 79 cents. Even mangoes here in winter are cheaper than in Byron Bay in summer. Within 1km of our home are six competing supermarkets of varying prices and quality so instead of being held hostage by a duopoly, there is real competition. I can fill a shopping trolley for 70 euros. Seriously. Fill it. Would have cost me over $300 in Byron Bay.

I don’t miss the high movie prices. Friday night, one adult, two kids 15 euros. Even the junk at the counter is not overpriced.

I don’t miss the clothes and shoes prices. New stylish winter boots, wool inside, leather exterior, good quality soles 69 euros. I don’t miss the high prices for electronics. I am looking at my new 24 inch, LED backlit screen which has a TV tuner and speakers which cost 155 euros.

Monthly gym membership that allows me to go to any one of 134 gyms in Germany, 20 euros a month. My unlimited download internet is $30 a month. And I get download speed of 3gigps, about 8 times faster than I got in Byron Bay.

Oh, there are some downsides. It’s cold for one, though it’s kind of novel. There seems to be an ice skating rink on every city corner. Fuel is slightly more but the cars are more fuel-efficient and the upside is I can legally drive 300km/h on the freeway if I want.

Yes, I miss Australia, Byron Bay especially, but gee whiz, I had not expected Berlin of all places to be about three times cheaper to live in.

Richard McLachlan



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