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February 25, 2021

Turning the Page on Inghams

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‘Hollywood’ drug squads over the top

I guess we have to thank Hollywood for the enduring myth that a black-clad squad of elite 'blokes', preferably with cool helicopters, from the capital are needed to crack down on really serious crime in hick parts of the country like Mullumbimby.

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Update: Main Arm raids… The police are in Mullum!

After several reports today from readers that there is a 'massive drug operation' and a 'gun and drug unit from Parramatta!', an intrepid Echonetdaily drudge wandered over to Barry Lomath Oval next to the skate park and netball courts in Mullum.

Northern Rivers policeman accused of youth assault acquitted

Magistrate Michael Dakin has ordered a common assault charge against a former Byron-based policeman be dropped after an altercation involving a naked youth in Byron Bay three years ago.

‘Hollywood’ drug squads over the top

I guess we have to thank Hollywood for the enduring myth that a black-clad squad of elite 'blokes', preferably with cool helicopters, from the capital are needed to crack down on really serious crime in hick parts of the country like Mullumbimby.

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Cavanbah centre gets a taste of 3×3 basketball

The Byron Beez basketball team in collaboration with the U League hosted a 3x3 tournament at the Cavanbah centre at the end of January that attracted 30 teams.

It’s disappointing to see Don Page defending Inghams’ mass sackings. Not because he’s standing up for a big company rather than for workers (after all he is a member of the Nats); it’s disappointing because he has swallowed the company line that somehow the wastewater situation has changed since last year when the employees were assured their jobs were safe, and that the issue is being portrayed as jobs versus protecting the environment (in this case the Belongil-Cumbebin wetlands).

As past chair of two water committees of Byron Council over some eight years, I am well aware of the attempts by the previous owner (Sunnybrand) to address their wastewater treatment problem. Applications to construct better treatment facilities were submitted to Council and languished undetermined for years in the ‘too-hard’ basket.

When Council constructed the $45m new sewerage plant at West Byron, capacity was added to allow for a connection from the chicken processing works, and a price calculated. However the connection has never proceeded.

Presumably Inghams knew of the history and their options when they bought the site – they would have been careless indeed not to have done their homework. One can only conclude that the state agencies entrusted with protecting the environment are toothless tigers that chickened out when it came to being firm, and that industrial workers in this country are a vulnerable species.

Richard Staples, Talofa


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