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Shenhua gone and Breeza breathes again

In a much-hoped-for move, the NSW Government and the China Shenhua Energy Company Limited have reached a $100 million agreement in which Shenhua will withdraw its mining lease application and surrender its development consent for the Shenhua Watermark Coal project at Breeza on the Liverpool Plains.

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Coalition ‘hellbent’

Mat Morris, Bangalow The NSW coalition seems to be hellbent on outdoing their federal counterparts when it comes to the denigration...

Hippie fools

Edward Kent, Suffolk Park So, have the ‘hippie’ hipsters of Byron Bay figured out how the new global establishment party at...

Pottsville policing forum asks the hard questions

Members of the Pottsville and Tweed Coast community say that in response to an increase in criminal activity in the area and their request for increased police presence, they were hosting a police presentation at Pottsville.

Michael Armstrong, deputy mayor, Tweed Shire Council

Tweed Council held an extraordinary meeting last Friday to consider the rescission motion moved by Councillors Polglase, Youngblutt, and Byrne to remove the Tweed Vegetation Management Strategy and the Tweed Coast Koala Habitat Study from being treated as submissions for consideration in preparing the final draft Tweed Shire Local Environment Plan (LEP).

Let there be no doubt, the NSW state government is attempting to railroad local councils, to rip from local communities the right to determine our own planning controls, and to strip away vital environment protections right across the north coast. This is about the NSW government wanting development to go unchecked right throughout the Tweed Shire and the north coast.

After seeing the consequences of such an LEP for the Tweed shire, our community has said clearly that we will not simply accept the demands of the Sydney government.

While the local state National Party MPs Geoff Provest and Thomas George stay meekly silent and ignore our community’s wishes, I am proud to have stood together with mayor Barry Longland, and councillors Milne and Bagnall to voice local concerns and to confirm the importance our community place on environmental protection.

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