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New data reveals NSW social housing waitlist blowout

A fresh analysis by Homelessness NSW reveals where people are waiting the longest for social housing, sparking calls to double the supply of social homes and boost services funding.

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A grim commemoration

US President Jo Biden, responding to a question, made the comment that the US is considering the dropping of...

Keeping watch on Tyalgum Road

Residents keen to stay up to date on the status of the temporary track at Tyalgum Road – particularly during significant rain events – are urged to sign up to a new SMS alert system launched by Tweed Shire Council.

‘No-one ever came back but all reports indicate it’s lovely,’ and so begins this wickedly funny play about death and motherhood. Directed by the Drill’s accomplished artistic director, Liz Chance, Ghosting the Party tells the story of three generations of women who face questions of mortality and life with rigour, honesty and humour.

Wallum urban development back in court

The company behind the Wallum housing development in Brunswick Heads is once again taking Byron Council to court, this time for allegedly holding up its planned earthworks at the site in an unlawful manner.

Paul Watson has his say on Sea Shepherd ousting

Regarding your article concerning the split in Sea Shepherd. I established Sea Shepherd as a global movement, not as an organisation, controlled by a few men. It was a democratic association of independent national entities

Flood insurance inquiry’s North Coast hearings 

A public hearing into insurers’ responses to the 2022 flood was held in Lismore last Thursday, with one local insurance brokerage business owner describing the compact that exists between insurers and society as ‘broken’. 

A new study has investigated the role that our native bees can play in increasing the yield and quality of vegetable seeds such as carrots and leek. The Development of native bees as pollinators of vegetable seed crops study undertaken by the University of Adelaide is one of a large range of studies to be published on the vegetable industry’s R&D database this month. AUSVEG spokesperson Andrew White said the study was one of around several hundred that took place every year to ensure Australians were eating vegetables that had been produced using the most cost-effective, efficient, and innovative methods of food production.

‘As part of the study, over two years 36 species of native bees were caught, and 26 species were observed to try to identify possible native-bee pollinators of leek and carrot in hybrid seed production,’ Mr White said.

‘Promoting the positive benefits of native bees when there is suboptimal pollination from honeybees may be significant, and this study provided evidence of some good results when crops were exposed to native bee populations in addition to honeybees.

‘The study also found that growers can do a range of things to improve native bee populations at their properties such as minimising tillage to protect nests, planting windbreaks made up of native flowering plants and protecting flowering plants and nest sites.

‘Research into the benefits of native bees is not only of benefit to the seed industry, but to the broader horticulture sector.

‘Developing better-quality and -yielding seeds may have significant benefits for the food industry and vegetable growers in the future.

‘Compared to enclosed pollination with honeybees the study found that hybrid seed production of carrot and leek in particular was enhanced when grown outside.’

The AUSVEG national R&D database can be accessed at www.ausveg.com.au.


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