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Kevin Hogan returns for Page

Though the coalition government he represents is now in opposition, National Party candidate for Page, Kevin Hogan, has been returned to his seat and yesterday he released a statement to all media.

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Storylines – Stop the rot and take action

Having spent a long time reflecting on the last 13 weeks since the floods devastated our region, many important issues have come to my attention – loss of homes, possessions, safety, schools suspended from flooding, chaos, death, loss of animals, extreme anxiety and desperation, and so much more.

First residents move in to Wollongbar housing pods

The first residents displaced by the flooding disaster have now received the keys to their temporary housing pods at Wollongbar, Ballina Council says.

Radiance Kitchen

Victoria Cosford I can imagine how radiant the smiles were when Dexter Chou and Linda Hung resumed their stall recently...

Suspicious house fire in Casino ends in charges

NSW Police say that man has been charged following a suspicious house fire.

Why I’m voting Greens 1 on Saturday

What exciting times we live in. Never has there been a better time to be politically engaged than now. This election is like no other. With the problems of the world bearing down on us, now is the time to make your voice heard.

Rooftop dining in the centre of Byron

Simon Haslam Last Friday I went up for a few drinks with friends at the relatively new rooftop dining area...

I’ve been banging on about the ABC and its virtues in this newspaper for 10 years or more, but now I’m as mad as hell and I’m taking it all to the ears of our two local Labor pollies who will be present at the next Friends of ABC function at Bangalow in a couple of weeks.

Do you like me, wonder who on Earth watches ABC News 24, when Australians are supposed to work the longest hours in the OECD, and are you incredulous that our kids need three channels to choose from for their afternoon TV fare (and that’s just the ABC)?

Do you feel duped that visual arts coverage is no longer visual, that it is entirely dependent on the descriptive powers of journalists broadcasting about it on radio? Like many of my artist friends I grieve the axing of the low-budget Art Nation that gave us as regional viewers some sense of what is going on now in other parts of the country.

And don’t get me going on the structural stuff, the out -sourcing of TV program-making to the commercial sector with the subsequent bleeding of taxpayers’ dollars, and Labor’s failure as yet to change the process of appointment-making to the ABC Board, an election promise to ensure that appointments are made on merit.

That we love and value our ABC was clearly shown locally during the threat of the Jonathan Shier years, so if you still have the same regard for its independence and creativity, come along to the A&I Hall, Bangalow, Saturday February 18 at 2pm. Janelle Saffin MP for Page and Justine Elliott MP for Richmond will be there as well a fine line-up of  speakers, broken up by some songs from Sara Tindley.

You can have your say too!

Jill Keogh, Convenor, Byron Bay sub-branch FABC Northern Rivers

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