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Government modelling fails to reflect women’s interrupted careers

New research to be released this week analyses two decades of Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey to estimate the actual labour force experience of women over their life and accounts for working when super is not paid.

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Byron Wildlife Hospital’s DA up for public comment

A development application for the mobile Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital is now before the public.

Helping Our Kids, help our kids

The Lismore Samson Fitness Challenge kicks off tonight in Lismore with the express aim of raising much-needed funds for the Our Kids charity.

Koala groups lobby Tweed MP Geoff Provest for action

Local koala groups have been taking action to protect NSW koalas by meeting with Tweed State Member of Parliament, Geoff Provest seeking his support for action on koala protections and asking him not to support the koala killing legislation his government are putting forward.

Lismore future councillor information sessions

With the delayed Local Government elections being held in September, several councils, including Lismore City Council, are holding information sessions for community members who are thinking about running for Council.

Entertainment in the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning 3 March, 2021

Entertainment in the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning 3 March, 2021

Tweed Council staff’s delegated powers debated

The question of what staff and councillors get to decide in relation to development applications was raised by Tweed Councillor Ron Cooper at the last Tweed Shire Council meeting.

Joanna Gardner, Greens (Group H) candidate, Tweed shire

Three water workshops, with top experts in their field, have presented examples of sustainable water management to both Tweed Shire Council and the community in the past three months.

In the recent water forum and meet-the-candidates, eleven council candidates learnt about a variety of water-saving schemes, then afterwards outlined their different ideas on Tweed water issues.

Crs Youngblutt, Polglase and Skinner were absent from all these meetings.

Many current state and federal policies on water management recommend to diversify and decentralise water supply so you rely on multiple sources of water, reuse water efficiently, and use appropriate water quality for different needs: mains water supply for household use, but to use high quality water for gardens and toilets is a waste when recycled water could be used.

The policies target new urban developments and are best applied at the early planning stages.

During the past three years, this shire has been faced with the two huge development approvals, Kings Forest and Cobaki, for approximately 25,000 people. While council has been marking time, and allocated $3.6–$8 million on the proposed Byrrill Creek dam debate, the Tweed is missing the golden opportunity to apply sustainable water solutions, for our future developments, that would slide back the need for any dam.

A fresh perspective with a progressive new council is what is needed right now.


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Ballina cleans up!

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Lismore future councillor information sessions

With the delayed Local Government elections being held in September, several councils, including Lismore City Council, are holding information sessions for community members who are thinking about running for Council.

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Thirteen students inducted into Tweed Youth Council

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