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April 13, 2024


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Rains, drains, floods

The ABC news and Guardian recently published reports of the potential return of La Niña in 2024 bringing similar...

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New remote-controlled rescue device for Bruns

Marine Rescue Brunswick says its rescue capability has been bolstered thanks to a new state-of-the-art life-saving device.

Community land trust group home approved 

Construction work on the Shire’s first permanent group home for women and children in housing stress could begin within months, after the project was formally approved by Byron Council.

Tiny homes taken to next level

The Brunswick Heads Post Office Fairy was very happy when they moved into their own, first home, in a post office box in 2018. It was a terrible tragedy for them to come home one morning last September and find that while they had been visiting children, someone had stolen all their fairy stuff.

365 days per year

Spare a thought for a group of residents whose homes were added to those properties that can operate as...

Save Wallum public meeting this Thursday

Activists focussed on Saving Wallum will be holding a public meeting this Thursday at the Mullumbimby Civic Hall from 6pm.

Mullum refugee support group formed

A new group in Mullumbimby has formed to help settle a Syrian refugee family in the area within the next few months.

A Wellbeing well-wisher

Your interviewer is a sweet person with potential, but when she ends up her story on the Starlight Festival by saying she’s from Melbourne and it’s not the sort of thing you’d see on your average street corner, she’s quite wrong. I’d say there is a new age event in a local town hall twice a month.

They’re not as good as Raym’s event – as he is an expert at putting these shows on and gathering a diverse group of healers, etc – but they really are everywhere. This girl has decided that, because they are not in her experience, then they are not there – quite untrue.

She probably does not know of our magazine either, albeit we’ve been in publication for 22.5 years now.

Elizabeth Jewell Stephens Editor

LivingNow magazine 

Editors note: In case readers missed it last the week, follow this link to view Nicole and Sharon Shostak’s coverage of the Expo.

Politics bad for mental health

The Gillard government has openly espoused that their last announced budget will hold great improvements for mental health care in Australia.  This declaration is a deception.

The truth is that from 1 November 2011 the number of Medicare-rebated psychology sessions (Better Access initiative) that an individual can access has now been slashed from 18 sessions per calendar year to 10 sessions per calendar year.  This leaves the most vulnerable people in Australia with very limited mental health care.

There is no doubt that increased suicide rates, risky behaviours and a rise in unemployment will be the product of such an irresponsible decision. This is a cost-cutting measure that is nothing short of callous and it constitutes a complete ruination of mental health services to the Australian people.

Andrea Haddock, Psychologist, Murwillumbah

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