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March 3, 2021

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Forum to address housing emergency, March 8

A grassroots movement is bringing women, community and art together on International Women’s Day (March 8) in an urgent push to solve the local housing emergency. 

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So you think you’d like to run for Council?

Residents considering running for Tweed Council can attend briefing sessions to find out about being a councillor ahead of local government elections.

Local fisherfolk caught in the parking fine net

FIsherfolk have been caught in the net of parking fines designed to stop travellers parking up for the night on the Tweed Coast Road and they are seeking help to access their beaches at night without fines.

Suffolk Park pump track for Cavanbah

Kathy Gleeson, Suffolk Park When I first heard of, and supported, the pump track at the Linda Vidler Park in Suffolk...

Da mountain

Gisela Stieglitz, Wooyung There is a perfectly good bitumen road going up a rainforest gully; it doesn’t even have potholes!...

Housing affordability on agenda at Ballina

With the housing crisis worsening in Ballina and across the Northern Rivers, councillors agreed that something had to be done about the problem at their meeting yesterday.

Ready for Byron’s latest massive development on Jonson St?

The changing face of Byron as Gold Coast and Sydney developers move in to recreate the look and feel of the town with intense development proposals.

Mark Reeves, Pottsville

Thanks to the Greens, the carbon price seemed to be the first step in the right direction to deal with ‘the greatest moral challenge of our time’. But now it appears that Kevin Rudd has backflipped in order to score political points. And climate change denier Tony Abbott refers to a carbon tax as ‘the non-delivery of an invisible substance to no-one’.

To secure a safe climate we need strong leadership based on policy not politics. Labor’s scrapping of the carbon price is a move to having the polluters pay less and to slow down the transition to renewable energy. The Liberal and National’s direct action plan (which not a single economist or climate expert supports) pays the polluter to pollute at taxpayers’ expense.

We are facing a climate emergency. Independent climate scientists recently stated: we simply have to leave about 80 per cent of the world’s fossil fuel reserves in the ground. We cannot afford to burn them and still have a stable and safe climate. Carbon capture and storage technology is proving to be a pipe dream, so it’s time to accept that the coal industry is terminal. The technology is there to quickly move to renewables – this means jobs, investment opportunities and significant greenhouse gas reduction.

The emissions trading scheme, previously dumped and now reinstated by Mr Rudd, does not contain strong investment in renewable energy and energy efficiency, and it locks in weak targets and high levels of compensation for big polluters. The Greens have said that they would support a well-designed ETS with more ambitious emission reduction targets than the pitiful five per cent by 2020. In the meantime we should stick with the carbon price package, which will deliver immediate pollution reduction.


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