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May 20, 2022

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The floods are leaving people homeless and families split

There was a housing crisis on the Northern Rivers, then we had the floods of 2022 and the issue has left increasing numbers of people homeless and struggling to find alternative accommodation.

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A positive change for Bruns River

With the floods still on the mind of those impacted in the Shire’s north, a local charity and its partners have launched an interactive online map of the Brunswick River to raise awareness and hopefully bring it back to full health.

Flood recovery 2022 must be community led and flexible

The recent news that our mighty NSW State Government are going to step into the Northern Rivers as a sort of Mary Poppins and over-arch their solutions into an umbrella of several councils via the Northern Rivers Reconstruction Corporation (NRRC) was met with cheer and skepticism.

Mandy for Richmond: ‘I’m there to break things’

I am deeply curious about whether Mandy Nolan can unseat Labor’s Justine Elliot and win Richmond for the Greens in Saturday’s election.

Radiance Kitchen

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

Rorts unlimited

Commuter car park rorts, sports rorts, emissions reduction scheme rorts (that don’t reduce emissions) and bike track rorts. The...

Opinion: It’s time to kick Morrison out

'Grifters come in all shapes and sizes, from all kinds of background. This one is used to skipping just a step ahead of impending disaster and exposure. Many times in marketing and politics, which he sees as identical pursuits, his nimble lies have saved his career.' 

At the gateway to the former ‘City of Arts’, the centre of the ‘Green Cauldron’, the notorious yellow arches of the McDonald’s 24-hour restaurant complex will still be as big as a warehouse wall, superimposed on Mt Warning as an introduction to the town of Murwillumbah to visitors coming from the direction of Tweed and for shoppers returning from Tweed City, Bunnings and The Goodguys.

If they haven’t stopped at the first McDonald’s and BP to top up with fats and petrol, this is a second chance, only 15 minutes later to buy fats, fizzy drinks and this time groceries at the expanded IGA, without which approval for McDonald’s would have been unlikely. At least IGA is locally owned.

Will the tradespeople designing, building and maintaining the complex be local?

How many adults supporting families will be long-term employees?

What percentage of the food ingredients will come from local producers?

What higher education and career opportunities will be available for the young teenage workers?

Will Tweed Shire ratepayers foot the bill for late-night security/vandalism/crime?

Rubbish from KFC has been seen along the road and as far as Byangum bridge. Will this be a new source of rubbish?

For the benefit of the people already struggling with obesity from poor nutrition, the struggling food-businesspeople, and the locals and visitors who are attracted to the uniquely beautiful views of trees and mountains, please let’s find a way to reverse the approval and resist the powerful economic cudgel of another foreign-owned giant.

Ari Ehrlich, Tyalgum



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Richmond candidates 2022: Informed Medical Options Party candidate Monica Shepherd

Monica Shepherd is an organic naturopath based in Ocean Shores. She is running as a candidate for the Informed Medical Options Party in the federal seat of Richmond.

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.

Review of community response called for as challenges recognised

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$17m in funds for work on crown lands in NSW

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