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Splendour’s triple bottom line

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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.

Other News

Saffin seeks $7.5 million for Lismore townhouse developments

Lismore MP Janelle Saffin has made a special request to the NSW Government for $7.5 million to enable two townhouse developments in East Lismore and Goonellabah, which she says would add 66 flood-free, affordable units to the city’s housing stock.

Homelessness hub under immense pressure

A new homelessness hub in Byron Bay has been so inundated with requests for help, that the service already needs additional staff to meet the demand.

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.

One from the Heart bringing people together

With a lineup including Grinspoon, Lime Cordiale, Paul and Dan Kelly, Sheppard, Jon Stevens and Daryl Braithwaite, Lismore's One from the Heart concert went ahead yesterday in patchy weather and mud, mud and more mud.

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.

The acrimony surrounding the proposed Yelgun festival site is because the environmental and social, as usual, tend to get pushed to the backburner in favour of the economic.

The triple bottom line of sustainability as a three-legged stool with legs labelled economic, social and environmental is mostly not understood or is being denied in western society. Because this culture prefers the economic, the economic leg on the stool is far longer than the other two, overturning the stool and warning of unsustainability. More economic activity, rather than the social and the environmental, makes the situation worse. In other words, preference for economic sustainability takes the society away from triple bottom line sustainability, not toward it.

Jan Mangleson (Letters, February 7) has emphasised the economic as a reason for supporting the festival. She also mentions that the younger generation would prefer a festival. In days of yore, festivals celebrated events such as getting the harvest in or events of spiritual significance. These days festivals take place simply because they can, at the cost of environmental and social sustainability. It is not an ideal role-modelling by the older generation for those whose eyes are newly opening to the adult world.

Mega-festivals in the midst of an environment crisis and as we enter the post-industrial world are an anachronism.

Festivals need to be smaller, more regionalised and performed as a means of bringing the local community together with a common theme. Local does not mean shirewide or interstate. It means more, involving one’s local catchment.

Geoff Dawe, Uki

 


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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

Local community members stepped forward to help coordinate and respond to the disaster; from people getting into boats and kayaks recusing strangers in Lismore to coordinating local response hubs in the hinterland and local towns. But it wasn't all a bed of roses.

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

If you are involved in managing crown reserve land and facilities then now is the time to get that application in for a share of the $17 million that is available fro the 2022-3 funding round.