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John ‘Strop’ Cornell dies

John Cornell, a character credited with initiating major change in Byron Bay after his purchase of the Beach Hotel, has died at his home in Byron Bay, aged 80, surrounded by his wife Delvene Delaney and family.

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Editorial – Free fi fo dumb?

Hans Lovejoy, editor Scientists have warned that now the UK has come out of lockdown on ‘freedom day’ (July 19),...

Pfizer available on North Coast, health authorities say

Health authorities on the Northern Rivers say the region now has a supply of the Pfizer Covid 19 vax.

Before a vaccine – living in the time of polio

I have a friend my age who was infected by polio. Here is an excerpt from a letter that he wrote to me:

Homeless man to undergo surgery after Byron CBD crash

Byron police were still investigating a crash that left a homeless man in his sixties seriously injured last week, Inspector Matt Kehoe said Monday morning.

Tweed Hospital main priority for new local health board chair

The new chair of the Northern NSW Local Health District board says overseeing development of the new Tweed hospital will be his main priority in the role.

Police report Covid 19 public health order breaches in Tweed-Byron

Tweed-Byron police fined a 25-year-old Main Arm man $1,000 for breaching state public health orders over the weekend.

Dawn Walker, federal Greens candidate for Richmond

This week Matthew Fraser ‘counter challenged’ me in the local press on the Greens policy for creating jobs.

I welcome this question. As a small-business operator and former small-business policy adviser I am committed to supporting our local small business community here in Richmond and across the nation. Small business is the lifeblood of our economy with over two million small businesses in Australia, employing over seven million people, representing over 60 per cent of our workforce.

I have spent much of my working life as a policy adviser on small business matters and looking at ways to reduce red tape for small business so they can thrive and prosper. When small business does well, its community does well – with local jobs, locally manufactured products and a sense of community working and supporting each other.

Large overseas-funded industries such as fossil-fuel mining have a negative effect on these smaller businesses, especially local manufacturing, by driving up the Australian dollar and making export of Australian-made products nigh impossible. Our local surfboard manufacturers have really struggled in the past few years to compete in the export markets. Once manufacturing jobs go offshore, they don’t return to Australia.

The Greens refuse to risk our country’s future. We recognise that a diverse, creative and resilient economy is the guarantee we need for a prosperous society beyond the resources boom.

I look forward to debating Matthew Fraser on this important issue during the election campaign.

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Editorial – Free fi fo dumb?

Hans Lovejoy, editor Scientists have warned that now the UK has come out of lockdown on ‘freedom day’ (July 19), it will lead to ‘a...

Snakes monitor radioactive contamination

Ten years on from the 2011 Fukushima disaster in Japan – the most severe nuclear accident since Chernobyl – researchers are using Japanese rat snakes to measure radioactivity in the Fukushima Exclusion Zone.

Criticism of Ballina Cr Cadwallader’s water election tactics

The Ballina Environment Society (BES) has accused Ballina Councillor Sharon Cadwallader of politicising water security by using ‘the Dunoon Dam as one of her key concerns in her bid for mayor in September’s local government elections’.

Old Byron Hospital DA on exhibition

Plans are finally in for the redevelopment of the old Byron Hospital that will facilitate its transformation into a much-needed community hub.