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February 28, 2021

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Dr Matt Landos, East Ballina There is the real news and then there is the fake news. The radio news announced...

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Ballina sludge a mixture of blue-green algae species

A reader has sent Echonetdaily some photos of what he described as 'something nasty and green coming down the Richmond River'.

Local fisherfolk caught in the parking fine net

FIsherfolk have been caught in the net of parking fines designed to stop travellers parking up for the night on the Tweed Coast Road and they are seeking help to access their beaches at night without fines.

Cavanbah centre gets a taste of 3×3 basketball

The Byron Beez basketball team in collaboration with the U League hosted a 3x3 tournament at the Cavanbah centre at the end of January that attracted 30 teams.

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: There is no place like home… actually there are no places

Local low income residents in Byron Bay are the human koalas of our Shire. They too have lost much of their habitat. We need affordable housing now, not in three years, or five years, or ten. Now.

Music fest aims to be COVID-19 recovery event

Byron Bay could host a two-day, beachside music and arts festival in June this year, after an application to hold the event was lodged with Byron Council.

Craig Kelly quits Liberal Party

Federal Member for Hughes Craig Kelly has resigned from the Liberal Party, technically throwing Scott Morrison's government into minority as it grapples with scandals from within and without.

Looking closely at my bank statement I was confused about a line that showed Gen W.Tax 46.500 per cent. Upon investigation, I’d been paying nearly 50 per cent of the interest paid on my meagre savings, because I had not supplied a Tax File Number (TFN) to my credit union.

Apparently, if you earn more than $120 in a year from interest, you automatically have this taken out.

I can’t remember being advised about this when my Christmas club account was discontinued and I changed to the offered savings account, nor when this savings form was replaced with another.

I’ve been advised that I will be reimbursed by the credit union for this year’s deductions upon receipt of my TFN before 30 June; and I have to advise the Australian Tax Office (ATO) of the TFN for a (hopeful) reimbursement of the rest.

If I can be caught like this then maybe some of you have been too. Have a good look at your statement.

Gloria Constine, Brunswick Heads


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  1. Taking money from someone without their permission or knowledge is theft. Banks, credit unions are allowing government officials to commit theft because they think “the law” allows them to. The law does not allow theft.


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