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March 5, 2024


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French Film Festival – just delicious

This year’s French Film Festival opening night choice is a unique adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’s thrilling and beloved classic novel The Three Musketeers. In a double blockbuster film production nominated for six César awards, from director Martin Bourboulon, the opening instalment, D’Artagnan, will open the festival.

Other News

The changing of the possums at Wallum

Yesterday a large group of Wallum development protesters walked onto the site at the end of Omega Circuit, to surround two trees – one known as ‘The Mother Tree’ and one known as ‘The Grandmother Tree’,

How to supply water to the increasing population?

It is predicted that the next 40 years will see the demand for water increase by 50 per cent in the local government areas that Rous County Council supply with water.

New Tweed Regional Gallery shows celebrate diversity

Four new exhibitions interrogating ideas of self through the use of portraiture, movement and the body will be on display at the Tweed Regional Gallery as part of the gallery’s Autumn exhibition series.

Ballina bus interchange upgrade starts in one week

Ballina Shire Council will be upgrading the Tamar Street Bus Interchange in Ballina’s CBD from Monday 11 March.

They’re just a Teenage Fanclub, baby

Teenage Fanclub will return to Australia in March performing their first live shows down under since 2019. The renowned Glasgow five-piece – led by founding members Norman Blake and Raymond McGinley, with drummer Francis Macdonald, bassist Dave McGowan and keyboardist Euros Childs – will perform in Byron Bay on Tuesday, 12 March. The tour celebrates the band’s upcoming 12th studio album, Nothing Lasts Forever – set for release in September.

They’re wild and they’re back!

Wild Marmalade return to the Beach Hotel this week for a free Sunday session – if you don’t know Wild Marmalade then you are in for a treat. The world’s original didgeridoo and drum band certainly know how to spin the dial to 11 and get the high vibes rolling. They will be joined by Tijuana Cartel front man and guitar virtuoso, Paul A George; this is sure to be an epic afternoon of groove.

Koalas count

The new high-density mini-city at Kings Forest is currently up for comment. As it is proposed to situate this on top of one of our three remaining koala colonies on the Tweed coast, naturally the members of Team Koala have been taking a keen interest in it. The proposed fence is a step in the right direction by the developer; however, it is very unclear who would be responsible for the maintenance of the fence, and its upkeep.

The best solution would be for the developer to adopt the same principles of koala management as occurred at Koala Beach. The simple raft of rules has now been scientifically proven to work. If we could care about our wildlife enough ten years ago, why would we go backwards now?

Councillors will vote to either ‘endorse’ or ‘note’ the professional planners’ reports on Kings Forest development.

This is one of only two ways Sydney will find out what locals think should happen. Merely ‘noting’ the reports in effect tells Sydney we don’t care what happens in the Tweed, and I’m sure we do. The meeting time is now 10.30am, and I urge as many people as can to come and see your councillors stand up for our koala population.

Councillors and Sydney need to know we care what happens to the Tweed. Will you please help? It would be greatly appreciated.

Jenny Hayes

Team Koala


Kings Forest or trees?

Many thanks to The Echo for advertising the Kings Forest public information meeting at Cabarita last Wednesday night.

There were no hecklers and everything went very smoothly.

We had about 70 people in the audience listening to speakers from many different environmental groups who were sharing their knowledge of KF. The speakers were very informative and many people were shocked at the many problems there are with Kings Forest.

Subjects covered were ecological, social and economic issues, potential for koala extinction, lack of water-saving incentives (necessitating a dam at Byrrill Creek when it need not be done), rate increases, impact on Cudgen Nature Reserve and the illegal clearing of Blacks Creek.

It’s appalling that there has been no public consultation by council, state planning or Leda! How are we supposed to write submissions on such a huge project application (basically a mini-city for 15,000 people) that has 98 attachments over Christmas/New Year when we are busy with family and social commitments? Without help few of us would be able to do it.

If people would like to submit a form letter re Kings Forest they can go to www.bluecray.org and download several different form letters or write their own based on the content.

Submissions need only be a few lines stating your concerns about Stage 1 project application. Deadline is January 25.

Liffy Jack


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