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Kingscliff locals concerned over proposal to remove trees at Merve Edwards Fields for AFL

The potential of removing trees from the Merve Edwards Fields site at Kingscliff to accommodate the Kingscliff Junior AFL Club has raised concerns of locals and neighbours who say that this is not a proposal they support. 

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Knitting Nannas off to Canberra

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Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga

Years after a global catastrophe, Australia is a radioactive wasteland. The Green Place of Many Mothers is one of the last remaining areas with fresh water and agriculture. Raiders discover the Green Place while a young Furiosa Jabassa and Valkyrie are picking peaches. Furiosa attempts to sabotage their motorbikes, but the raiders capture her as a prize for their leader, warlord Dr. Dementus of the Biker Horde. Furiosa’s mother Mary pursues them to the Horde’s camp. Although Furiosa mortally wounds the last raider before he can divulge the location of the Green Place, Mary is unable to stop him from delivering Furiosa to Dementus.

Boorabee Dorper lamb: delicious, but how can it help your arthritis?

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Mullum’s Marielou chosen for national tennis team

Mullumbimby High School student Marielou Baudouin is to join the School Sport Australia All-Australian Girls tennis team after impressing selectors in Hobart.

The most incomprehensible part of the councillors’ Kings Forest debate was the failure of the most significant amendment of the day, by such a slim margin of only 3–4, due to the lack of support by Cr Holdom and Cr van Lieshout.

This amendment number three proposed a whole review of the original Kings Forest Concept Plan in light of the current koala crisis.

The amendment also requested a no-dog ban, and for NSW Planning to apply the new controls of council’s yet-to-be-finalised Tweed Coast Koala Plan of Management.

For Cr Holdom, as the chair of the Koala Advisory Committee, to be one of the causes of this motion’s failing was shocking and inexplicable. It would have got up with a majority vote if not for her. Cr van Lieshout should also hang her head in shame.

I can’t imagine why these councillors voted as such but it is of great concern that council’s general manager has refused me access to councillors’ file notes on any councillor meetings with Leda. This is despite an automatic provision for distribution of councillors’ file notes to fellow councillors being a specific requirement of council’s code of conduct s9.9.

Cr Katie Milne, Carool


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