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February 25, 2021

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Family Court scrapped

Despite overwhelming opposition from Australia’s family law specialists and advocates, the federal Liberal-Nationals government and cross benchers scrapped the Family Law Court and subsumed it into the circuit courts last week.

Other News

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.

TGA obstructs prescription psilocybin, MDMA

Imagine that some crazy professors convince a bunch of participants at a five-day mindfulness retreat to agree to take part in an experiment where half of them are given magic mushrooms, and half of them a placebo.

Northern Rivers policeman accused of youth assault to continue facing trial

A police officer accused of assaulting a 16-year-old in Byron Bay more than three years ago is to continue facing trial this week.

Did Liberal-Nationals rort ‘bushfire’ recovery funds?

Lismore MP Janelle Saffin (Labor) has joined the call to highlight the actions of the Berejiklian-Barilaro NSW government over the latest ‘Liberal-National government grant rorts scandal’.

Will Ballina Council live up to its promise?

A motion from Cr Jeff Johnson to be tabled at Ballina Shire Council's meeting this week will ask the council to live up to its promise to act on the climate emergency, and divest from fossil fuel investments.

Cut it down – Tweed Councillors at odds over future of forest red gum

‘We should be active and take the tree down,’ Cr Polglase told the Tweed Shire Council meeting last Thursday, referring to a significant forest red gum and koala food tree in Tweed Heads West.

W Boyle, Durrumbul

I used to vote Green. Until the cause was hijacked by vainglorious politicians with no interest in genuine green politics. Emotional, reactionary tree-huggers, using environmental goodwill to climb the ego-driven political ladder.

For all you would-be leaders asking for our vote, I have a question: Can we change the official attitude about trees? We live out in the hills surrounded by millions – yes millions – of trees. Most of them weren’t here before we came.

To manage our trees we need firetrails and usable house sites, so occasionally we need to drop some trees. Big deal. Even Council needs to chop down the odd tree. So can we start by changing the title of the job from the emotive Tree Preservation Officer to the more functional Tree Management Officer? It’s time to allow people to reasonably manage rural tree stocks without punitive bureaucratic interference by those who’ve never lived in the bush. So if you’re running for the Greens, don’t just posture about it – offer us some useful strategies to help care for our land.

And while I’m on the subject – Council stopped funding maintenance of the Main Arm Firetrail decades ago. After the wettest two years on record, when the ground dries out there’s the potential for the biggest bushfires since 1947. Hey, councillors – spare a thought for those of us living in the hills – can you please give back our firetrails? Let us live in the bush if we want to.

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  1. Our native trees and forests are not ours. They should be left in peace and preserved.
    Native trees should be cut only when it is absolutely necessary.
    Without proper preservation any idiot could bulldoze or fell trees indiscriminately. That’s not on.

  2. Have you seen the camphor laurel tree and weed infestations over farmland at Montecollum? I am sure that it wouldn’t be the only farmland that has been lost this way. I love trees too, but letting introduced species overrun farmland is not green, it is environmental vandalism as well as undermining our food security as a nation.


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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.

Northern Rivers policeman accused of youth assault acquitted

Magistrate Michael Dakin has ordered a common assault charge against a former Byron-based policeman be dropped after an altercation involving a naked youth in Byron Bay three years ago.

Amber alert for blue-green algae at Lake Ainsworth

An amber alert has been put in place for Lake Ainsworth near Lennox Head in relation to the presence of blue-green algae.

Ready for Byron’s latest massive development on Jonson St?

The changing face of Byron as Gold Coast and Sydney developers move in to recreate the look and feel of the town with intense development proposals.