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Join Clarkes Beach paddle out this weekend to stop massive oil and gas field project

Hundreds of local surfers and water-lovers will paddle out at Clarke’s Beach over the weekend to protest against a massive oil and gas field proposed for the NSW coast.

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Correcting the record

Duncan Dey, Greens candidate for mayor 2021–24 I wish to correct the record for those who listened to Thursday’s Council...

Greater Sydney under COVID related restrictions

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has just announced that greater Sydney area will go into lockdown until next Monday.

No air for Ben

Rhonda Ansiewicz, Federal Stop giving Franklin air time. Mayor Richardson, in his usual fashion, joins up with his mate Franklin...

Join Clarkes Beach paddle out this weekend to stop massive oil and gas field project

Hundreds of local surfers and water-lovers will paddle out at Clarke’s Beach over the weekend to protest against a massive oil and gas field proposed for the NSW coast.

Editorial: The beef about meat

Firstly, let me declare an interest: I have been a vegetarian for 49 years, so tasty cow parts are not high on my agenda.

Rous Chair Keith Williams looks ahead

Since the Dunoon Dam was shelved, Rous County Council has put a new draft of the Future Water Project...

Margaret Howes, Empire Vale

Much has been written in newspapers lately about the Ballina Council’s famous ‘swap with cash’ deal with the NSW Fire Service.

Good on Vince Kelly for exposing this one! Mr Hickey hasn’t come after me yet to find his security loophole!

Why on Earth the council would want to lumber itself (meaning ratepayers) with a heritage building that can’t be knocked down, can’t be developed, and is a pain in the proverbial to do anything with, defies logic.

This seems to be a backdoor way of getting a fire service for Ballina Airport.

Because of growth in air services and passenger numbers, the council has to provide emergency fire services to each end of its airport runway with a three minute response time in the event of an air crash. It also has to provide foam, which has only been available from Alstonville RFS – over 10 minutes away.

Isn’t it time the Ballina ratepayers stopped subsidising this airport? It seems to have greater patronage among Byron Bay tourists than locals. When did Byron Shire contribute towards its expansion and upkeep? Never!

If Mr Hickey wants to justify his recommendation on the ‘swap with cash’ deal, maybe he should get the RFS to put their building to public auction to ascertain its real value.

Keep up the good work, Vince – you might be a thorn in Mr Hickey’s side, but you’re a legend!


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