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August 15, 2022

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Mullum locals protest flood-prone pod site

Around 40–50 locals gathered outside the Byron Shire Council chambers this morning to highlight the risks of, and lack of due process around, the selection of the flood accommodation pod site in Mullumbimby.

West Ballina locals concerned about new flood risk

A large group of West Ballina residents are alarmed about a DA which has been submitted to Ballina Shire Council by the Emmanuel Anglican College in Horizon Drive. The proposal, for a STEM and Digital Technology Centre, is planned for a well-known flood-prone area which previously acted as part of a large retention pond.

Concerns over future of Murwillumbah Hospital

Northern NSW Local Health District have sought to reassure locals that facilities won't be downgraded or closed at Murwillumbah Hospital when the controversial new Tweed Valley Hospital in Cudgen near Kingscliff opens in 2023.

A well-thought-out blend

Noy Ben Ami says that he ‘feels the vibe of the crowd and place’ before he starts to play his original music.

Powerhouse six

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Mullum pods

First, Hans Lovejoy’s article ‘emergency wedged’ was educational, factual and provided valuable information to the community. Michele Grant’s letter...

In response to numerous letters recently concerning surf life saving at Byron Bay, I want to clarify that although the Byron Bay Surf Club has a good relationship with the Byron Shire Council and all its staff we do not receive any monetary funding from council for lifesaving duties or equipment.

We are a 100 per cent voluntary organisation relying on supporters and sponsors to fund our cause. Without their aid we would simply not exist. To all our generous sponsors, large or small, we thank you for your continued assistance.

The Byron Bay Surf club operates under the direction of our governing body, Surf Life Saving Australia, which determines the hours and area in which we operate.

Please bear in mind these are volunteers, well-trained in first aid, CPR and lifesaving skills giving up their weekends and public holidays to look after beachgoers.

The Byron Shire Council contracts professional lifeguards from Australian Lifeguard Services, a private entity, to patrol beaches on weekdays and some beaches in the busy periods over summer. I am not sure how much they are paid.

Both the volunteers and the Australian Lifeguard employees wear similar red and yellow uniforms; I know it is hard to distinguish between the two. I can assure you they are all there for surf safety.

I invite anybody interested in becoming a member or wishing to contribute to come along to any of the surf clubs in the region. I am sure you will be more than welcomed.

Neil Cameron
President, Byron Bay Surf Life Saving Club.

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  1. Well said Neil.

    On behalf of Surf Life Saving NSW (SLSNSW) if I can just clarify one point. The Australian Lifeguard Service (ALS) whilst a commerical entity is very much a part of SLSNSW – indeed any surplus funds generated from Lifeguard contracts are utilised to support volunteer lifesaving programs and operations in NSW. Over 85% of ALS Lifeguards are also volunteer Club members and proudly wear the red yellow colours when patrolling in both roles.

    Matt Rodwell SLSNSW Operations Manager


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