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April 24, 2024

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New data reveals NSW social housing waitlist blowout

A fresh analysis by Homelessness NSW reveals where people are waiting the longest for social housing, sparking calls to double the supply of social homes and boost services funding.

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Byron Comedy Fest 2024 Laughs

The legendary Northern Hotel’s Backroom opens its doors to laughter when it welcomes The Byron Comedy Fest with eight big headline shows. With audiences packing out shows every year, Festival Directors Mel Coppin and Zara Noruzi have decided a new venue with increased capacity was in order. It also means the festival is an all-weather event – expect all your favourites!

Reclaiming childhood in the ‘device age’

A century and a half ago, the visionary Henry David Thoreau declared people had become ‘the tool of their tools.’  In this device-driven age of smartphones, social media, and artificial intelligence, few observations could be seen as more prescient. 

Paul Watson has his say on Sea Shepherd ousting

Regarding your article concerning the split in Sea Shepherd. I established Sea Shepherd as a global movement, not as an organisation, controlled by a few men. It was a democratic association of independent national entities

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Couching an Opinion

The Bruce Lehrmann and Brittany Higgins case was never about establishing whether or not Lehrmann raped Higgins. It was about Brittany. She was established as not ‘the perfect victim’ so we overlooked the blazingly obvious fact that Bruce Lehrmann was ‘the perfect perpetrator’. An entitled, compulsive wrecking ball of cocaine, $400 steaks, free rent and very very expensive massages.

Man dies in hospital following an E-bike crash – Byron Bay

A man has died in hospital following an E bike crash in Byron Bay earlier this month.

WATER Northern Rivers says Rous County Council is wrong

WATER Northern Rivers Alliance says despite decades of objection, Rous County Council have just commissioned yet another heritage and biodiversity study in the Rocky Creek valley, between Dunoon and The Channon, in the heart of the Northern Rivers.

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

Berlin

 


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