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Last Thursday’s front page story in The Australian is yet another example of that paper’s bias. Under a heading  of ‘More stimulus questions as cycle of waste rolls on’, the coloured pic shows a bike-rider with hapless expression on the  new cycleway along Ewingsdale Road. The theme was that money was wasted and benefits questionable and exaggerated.

Yet if you read the caption and finer print the user and many others are actually very pleased with the new path as it means riding into town is far less dangerous. No doubt the journalist would claim that this is balanced reporting. But this is hardly the case given the prominence of the negative headline and photograph. The take-home message is obvious. No mention of the larger-issue positive advantages of cycling such as health, reduction of car traffic and associated CO2 and other pollution. Doubtless proprietor Rupert Murdoch would consider this journalistic craftsmanship at its best.

I hope Byron Shire Council won’t be swayed by this kind of newspaper nonsense and continue to fund much-needed cycleway infrastructure throughout the shire.

Nick Schaefer

Mullumbimby Creek

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