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October 17, 2021

Time to go off grid

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Police raid ‘unauthorised events’ in national parks

Police say that eleven people have been charged following unauthorised gatherings held at national parks on the weekend.

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COVID-19 update in Northern NSW

From 8 pm yesterday, 12 new cases of COVID-19 have been detected in Northern NSW. Nine cases have been identified...

New regional film traineeship program brought to you by… Netflix

Is it a genuine offering of support for local film talent, or a thinly-veiled attempt by Netflix to manufacture some positive news following its locally-loathed TV series Byron Baes?

Covid Cassandra peers into the future

As the COVID lockdowns draw to a close, there are still people who profess themselves unwilling to vaccinate under any circumstances, and who object to bearing any consequences that may arise.

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Mind Your Language

The other day someone called me a sheeple. I was offended. Not personally, but on behalf of sheep. It’s a term meant to denigrate my agency by suggesting I have herd stupidity. Sheep are incredible, and surprising beings. Before you start denigrating sheep, you should know they are emotionally complex animals who can self-medicate!

Tackling mosquitoes together in Ballina

Following its successful launch late last year, Northern Rivers councils and the North Coast Public Health Unit are once again running Tackling Mosquitoes Together, a behaviour change program to reduce the disease risks and nuisance of mosquitoes in homes and local communities.

International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day 2021

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day is an annual day of remembrance for the families of lost babies and is observed on October 15.

It’s time to get off the electricity grid!

Five weeks ago a coral tree fell on a powerline (not on my property) spiking my house with 11,000 volts, which destroyed computers and a solar power system. Now Essential Energy has informed me they will not compensate me for the damage. So I’m left with a bill for thousands of dollars – and it had nothing to do with me!

This is a warning to all electricity consumers in the region – the infrastructure is ageing and inevitably more trees will fall. To paraphrase Matt Taibi of Rolling Stone, Essential Energy is ‘a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of NSW’. The logical solution is to go off grid.

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