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Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning May 12

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NewsCorp announces August revival of regional news print in QLD

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Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning May 12

Check out what's on going the Byron Shire and surrounding area this week

‘Seven and a bit’ stone

Stone & Wood are thrilled to announce the return of Festival of the Stone to their Byron-based Brewery, Saturday...

Lismore Council set to increase fees, cut costs in a bid to balance budget

Lismore City Council is set to increase fees and charges and cut spending in an attempt to overcome a $19.5m operating deficit.

Upside down river

Tim Harrington, Lennox Head Letter contributor Richard White (letters 21/4/21) quite correctly identifies the Richmond River as an ‘upside down river’...

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Elvis has Left the Building

My dog died. I haven’t been able to write about it until now. It was a month ago, and he was old, but it was still unexpected, and it leaves you feeling a bit raw.

Who will be liable for the first human killed by a bullet in a national park while hiking, camping, picnicking?

Will it be a child, a pregnant woman or an overseas tourist?

Is a $3 billion deal worth sacrificing a $35 billion international tourism industry?

Barry O’Farrell should be liable for any deaths. Unfortunately we have to wait for people to die before anything will change.

Our wildlife will have no safe refuge now. Birds will flee in terror at the deafening sound of guns exploding and shattering the once pristine silence. Non-target native animals will be shot and killed by speeding bullets. Gone will be the peace of our fauna’s paradise to be replaced with trashy humans littering Gondwana land with lead bullets and their rubbish as they trample over more threatened fauna, spreading seeds of feral weeds.

Who will police these hunters to make sure they are in fact all licensed, following the guidelines and not causing inhumane suffering to animals, and most importantly, not shooting the wrong type of animal or too many? The answer is nobody will – they will police themselves! That’s right, the fox is guarding the hen house, which means our national parks, nature reserves and state conservation areas will become hoons’ paradise to enter anytime, day or night, and shoot whatever, legally and illegally. NPWS is already overworked and understaffed – same with the police force.

No wonder Australia has the world’s worst record for mammal extinctions – this new bill will only make things exponentially worse!

Alison Polistchuk, Burringbar NSW

 


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