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July 5, 2022

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Celebrating 40 years of Fig Tree Restaurant

It all started with a simple dream, to convert its original farmhouse in Ewingsdale into a restaurant in which...

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Lismore Lantern Parade – Vale John Lush

Once again the community of Lismore came together to celebrate with the Lantern Parade on June 25.

Supply chain pain? Try localisation!

A community screening of Local Futures’ new film, 'Planet Local: A Quiet Revolution', will be held today, Friday, July 1, at The Farm in Byron Bay from 6pm. Damon Gameau and Pacha Light will be joining Helena Norberg-Hodge for a discussion afterwards.

Editorial – Byron Council report card

Did you know it’s been six months since councillors were elected? They have another two years to go, and while a usual term is a gruelling four years, this time, it’s shorter, owing to a disrupting bat virus.

Celebrating NAIDOC Week in the Northern Rivers 

The Northern Rivers encompasses the Bundjalung, Gumbaynggirr and Yaegl nations with celebrations for NAIDOC taking place up and down the coast. 

Australian-first Surf Series and workshops ends in Lennox Head on Sunday

It might be cold outside but that's not stopping women who love to surf and over 100 women and girls will participate in the first female event series in Australia on Sunday at Lennox Head.

Festival/Byron Council relations strained, motion passes

The operations manager of the Byron Music Festival says her attempts to run the event this year were cruelled by Byron Council staff, who allegedly provided organisers with false information and spoke to them like they were ‘idiots’.

Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell and Lismore City Council staff have signed up for the first National Butt Free Day next Thursday, October 18, to spread the word about the dangers of butts being tossed away and to promote easy solutions.

Lismore City Council has 25 butt bins in the CBD and seven at Lismore Shopping Square, plus smokers can pick up portable butt bins at Council’s Goonellabah and CBD offices to carry with them for convenience.

‘Butts make our city look untidy and they damage our environment. They don’t disintegrate so they wash into our river through stormwater drains. If you’re a smoker and can’t give up for your own health, think about our river’s health and bin your butt,’ says mayor Dowell.

Cigarette butts are in fact Australia’s most littered item, consistently recorded by Keep Australia Beautiful as being around 50 per cent of the total number of items littered nationally every year.

The size of cigarette butts compared to larger litter items belies the impact of this widespread problem. Butt littering impacts include waterways pollution, degradation of wildlife habitat and health (turtles can swallow them!), substantial yet largely avoidable daily costs in cleaning up, and various other social, environmental and economic impacts.

 


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