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Jumping Red Ant

Victoria Cosford Whenever I approach Jumping Red Ant, I immediately want to make ratatouille, or caponata – any of those...

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¡Viva la fiesta!

The HSBC Spanish Film Festival presented by Palace, an annual celebration of film and culture from Spain and Latin...


It is with great concern and disappointment, but not surprising, we have to declare that the brief hope we...

Keep the homeless in Tweed warm

It’s no secret that the Far North Coast has some of the highest homelessness figures in the country and...

Bayside Residents Association formed

A new residents association has emerged in what residents say is one of Byron Shire’s ‘forgotten’ suburbs’ – Bayside Brunswick Heads. 

Warming winter for Tweed Shire’s homeless

It's no secret that the Far North Coast has some of the highest homelessness figures in the country and Dharma Care is determined to reduce those figures as the days get colder.

Tweed Council to start nappy rebate scheme but defer Cudgen Creek Masterplan

The last Tweed Shire Council meeting (18 May, 2023) saw the Reusable Nappy Rebate Scheme adopted by councillors, the...

To those wringing their hands about music festivals coming to the Shire – what else are we going to do for income here? The roads are crap and Byron Shire’s broke, while our agricultural industries are barely significant and mining isn’t an option. It’s obvious our future lies in tourism. Without it there’s nothing here for the kids – no work, no future.

Tourists love us the way we are, get it? Why don’t we provide accommodation and infrastructure and welcome them to enjoy this fantastic place that drew all of us here? However, there is one issue regarding festivals: volunteers. While tens of thousands are buying tickets, these events seem to rely on armies of unpaid (and uninsured) volunteers. Which means the money is going into the pockets of a greedy few opportunists – not into the wider local economy.

We need Fair Work Australia to crack down on unscrupulous operators for the sake of the community, while overall as a shire we need to figure a path to the future and how to make it work, and stop whining about inevitable change.

W Boyle, Durrumbul


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