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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'. 

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Crash following alleged pursuit – Murwillumbah

A vehicle has crashed following an alleged pursuit at Murwillumbah yesterday. About 9.30am (Wednesday, 27 September, 2023), officers attached to...

Too many councillors?

For years some close to Tweed Shire Council (TSC) have tried to lower councillor numbers. Why? Say you have...

State government pledges $5m for Lismore’s Two Rooms project

More than 350 flood affected homes in the Northern Rivers region can now be repaired, getting vulnerable people back on their feet and into safe housing thanks to Resilient Lismore’s Two Rooms Project, backed by $5 million in funding from the NSW Government.

BES rejects Ramsey’s proposal to leave conservation zones to private landholders

Ballina Environment Society (BES) has come out strongly against conservative independent Ballina Councillor Eva Ramsey’s proposal to have private property owners ‘opt in’ to conservation zones.

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.

Wind or gas?

In the Northern Star 4/1/2012 Ballina MP Don Page is reported as saying people should not  compare guidelines on coal seam gas (CSG) wells to the tough new guidelines on wind farm developments. ‘They are different things. Wind farms are created on the surface of a property owned by farmers or landholders. That’s not the case with CSG which is a resource that is underground and owned by everyone. So they are different sorts of things really.’

Really? Who owns the wind, Don? CSG may be generated underground (owned by the Crown not the Public) but the infrastructure resides on the surface;  the bit supposedly owned by the landowner who has no rights or legal support in the matter.

The physical footprint of the wind farm is minuscule compared to a CSG installation. Have you been to Chinchilla Don? Or seen the movie Gasland? That will show you the extent of a fully developed gas field and the effect it has on existing communities, businesses and water.

I say if a 2 kilometre set back is good enough for wind farms and those landowners and neighbours have a right to veto, then the same should apply to the CSG industry. More to the point, Don, wind farming is not adding to global warming whereas CSG is just as big a contributor to global warming as coal and has many more negative aspects than wind farming, including destruction of aquifers, devaluation of property values , diminishment of our land ownership rights and risks to existing businesses and enterprises.

Global warming and sea level rise are with us now, Don. Have you been to the coast recently? Have you seen the erosion? Have you seen that in many places there is no longer a beach? (Kingscliff, Broom’s Head,The Old Bar).

Why is your government following the previous Labor government in backing the fossil fuel industry? Why is your government actively discouraging and destroying the renewable energy industries?

If your government will not initiate solutions to power generation that are sustainable and non damaging to our climate then your government is part of the problem.

 Simon Chance

Richmond Hill

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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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