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February 25, 2021

Fed water decision could be ‘useless’

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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.

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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.

Interview with Michael Balson, creator of Ocean to Sky

Local filmmaker helps tell the story of Edmund Hillary’s last adventure, in the film, Ocean to Sky

Update: Main Arm raids… The police are in Mullum!

After several reports today from readers that there is a 'massive drug operation' and a 'gun and drug unit from Parramatta!', an intrepid Echonetdaily drudge wandered over to Barry Lomath Oval next to the skate park and netball courts in Mullum.

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.

Cartoon of the week – 24 February, 2021

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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’.

Conservationists are worried federal environment minister Tony Burke’s decision to use the federal environment law to protect water resources from coal seam gas projects will count for nothing if final approval powers for big developments are handed to state governments.

The Places You Love alliance has today run an advertisement in a major daily newspaper calling on Minister Burke to remove from federal law any possibility of environmental approval powers being handed to states.

The ad says a ‘battle is raging over the protection of the places and wildlife Australians love’.

‘State governments and industry are demanding [the government] hand over federal environmental approval powers to fast track destructive developments.

‘[Minister Burke’s] decision to make underground water a federal issue is a good one, but won’t change anything if final approval powers are handed to the states.

‘Federal environmental laws have saved iconic places from destruction in the past. And they will be needed again – just ask people living in the Kimberley or along the Great Barrier Reef.’

Recent polling by Lonergan Research found 85 per cent of Australians believe the Federal Government should be able to block or make changes to major projects that could damage the environment.

The alliance is urging Minister Burke to act now to remove the part of our national environmental law that makes this handover of power possible.

More than 35 organisations are part of the Places You Love alliance, which works for stronger environment laws. More than 10,000 people wrote to PM Julia Gillard at the end of 2012 and in February more than 6,400 people sent the prime minister a Valentine’s Day message calling on her to ‘protect the laws that protect the places and wildlife we love’.

Find out more at http://placesyoulove.org/

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Family Court scrapped

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