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February 25, 2021

Splendour not so splendid

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‘Hollywood’ drug squads over the top

I guess we have to thank Hollywood for the enduring myth that a black-clad squad of elite 'blokes', preferably with cool helicopters, from the capital are needed to crack down on really serious crime in hick parts of the country like Mullumbimby.

Other News

Last minute water park unsuccessful as Jack Evans Boat Harbour PoM approved

A last minute attempt by Councillor Warren Polglase (conservative) to introduce a water park as part of the Jack Evans Boat Harbour Plan of Management (PoM)at last nights Tweed Shire Council saw yet another ‘workshop’ set up for councillors to discuss the implications.

Date change – Kerry interviews Zoe Daniel

Journalist Zoe Daniel's conversation with Kerry O’Brien regarding her new book, Trumpland, has been rescheduled.

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.

Police confirm Main Arm drug operation

NSW Police have finally confirmed what pretty much every one in Main Arm already knows – they are conducting drug operations in the north of the Shire.

Lismore urges REX to reconsider service cancellation

The regional airline Regional Express (REX) announced yesterday that five services, including its Lismore service, would cease once government support through the RANS program is discontinued at the end of March.

Pottsville’s controversial Men’s Shed extension to be advertised

The controversial Men’s Shed at Black Rocks Sports Fields in Pottsville is seeking to expand its footprint 12m to the west.

Robert Oehlman, president of Conservation Of North Ocean Shores (CONOS)

The notion that Splendour in the Grass is an environmentally ‘green and clean’ event is hypocrisy at best. Recycling cans and bottles is their responsibility and does not deserve any awards; it is called looking after your environment and cleaning up your own shit.

In regards to the destruction currently underway in the Jones Road wildlife corridor: clearing existing habitat only to later replace it in an attempt to lure back species already displaced is at best a token gesture. Any poor fauna that are attracted to their new plantings will only be stressed further by the huge crowds, artificial lighting and noise levels that will again displace the wildlife. The proponents’ arguments that they will be doing wonders for the corridor, fauna and flora are an insult to anyone with an ounce of intelligence.

We have been informed that Mat Morris, general manager of North Byron Parklands, is also going to fulfill the role of the environmental representative, endorsed by the director-general of Planning NSW! This whole process has lacked transparency and has been flawed from the very start.

The community expectations were for a transparent process with the environmental representative being a fully qualified independent ecologist – not much to ask. If Splendour can’t manage this then the question has to be asked, what have they got to hide?

It is interesting to note that at a recent koala workshop, large music festivals, both current and proposed, were highlighted and a comment made that they could become a key threatening process to the future survival of our native species, particularly koala. In my opinion, in Byron Shire they already are.


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