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Is polluting a lake in a national park to support new housing ok?

From Byron Bay to Evans Head to Casino the questions about how we deal with what is politely termed ‘effluent’, and how that may or may not destroy our local environment, demand real and urgent answers.

Other News

Appeal to locate man last seen at Casino on way to Tweed

Police are appealing for public assistance to locate a man from Grafton missing from the North Coast area.

We’re coming to cycle

Our small cycling group is headed your way (20-24 March) to experience the newly-opened Northern Rivers Rail Trail and...

Janelle Saffin holds the seat of Lismore

Janelle Saffin is in the lead for the seat of Lismore after yesterday's state election. Although preroll and postal votes are yet to be counted, it’s hard to imagine Saffin’s position changing.

Bulga Forest logging ‘suspended’

The NSW Forestry Corporation has changed the status of a contentious area of Bulga Forest from ‘active’ to ‘suspended’.

Rethinking the tourism paradigm

The past three years have been a fairly challenging time for the Byron tourism Industry, after fires, floods, and a pandemic. According to local tourism organisation, Destination Byron, now seems the right time to rethink the tourism paradigm for Byron.

Two to appear in Tweed Court after alleged import of ‘ice’ and cocaine

Two people have been extradited from Queensland and charged following an 18-month investigation into an alleged attempted importation of six kilograms of methylamphetamine and cocaine into NSW.

I am an ardent supporter of the Marriage Equality campaign that the impressive and pioneering grassroots-level national organisation GetUp has run. I have made financial contributions to GetUp campaigns in the past as well as consistently spreading the word and trying to raise consciousness in my social environment and in communities I’m a part of.

However I find their current Valentine’s Day campaign more than a little on the nose: sending roses to MPs and the PM? Send stems and thorns instead!

Whilst I understand the concept behind this (terribly misguided) idea, I feel that a huge part of the community will agree – our parliamentarians by and large have done absolutely nothing to merit floral tributes to them, on Valentine’s Day or any other.

And knowing what hyper-inflated egos that the vast majority of these self-centred, grossly overpaid, hypocritical opportunists do have, any subtlety in the message of roses delivered by a disenfranchised and marginalised segment of the community will be completely lost upon them. In fact they will deliberately choose to manipulate the symbolism en masse, and spin it to aggrandise themselves.

In terms of both the cost as well as making a statement with a clear meaning, about what the calculatedly backward-looking Australian parliament has failed to do for these many years for the gay community – and hence for the whole community of Australia, for we are inextricable one from the other – what should actually be delivered to parliamentarians and PM are the thorns and stems of roses (without blossoms). And of course this would signify exactly what the political process so far has delivered to the gay community: no blooming roses!

Committed to prickly love,

Ajit Gunasekera


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