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Seapeace: the late Tony Maxwell’s wetland legacy

Many curious minds have pondered the purpose of the rice paddy-like waterbodies that scallop the contour lines out into the Ewingsdale coastal plain that can be viewed from St Helena Road.

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Tweed Council staff’s delegated powers debated

The question of what staff and councillors get to decide in relation to development applications was raised by Tweed Councillor Ron Cooper at the last Tweed Shire Council meeting.

Magic mushrooms

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Cartoon of the week – 3 March, 2021

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Suspicion and belief

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Senior players triumph at Cherry Street Croquet Club

The experience combination of Joan Campbell (92 years young) and Elaine Astley (89) were able to beat the field and collect a win in the Cherry Streety Twilight Golf Croquet Plate Competition held at Ballina.

Storylines: Uluru Statement from the Heart

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If you’re serious about wanting to keep Richmond gasfield free, check out who the Stop CSG Party is preferencing in the Senate.

Stop CSG Party has preferenced the far-right Australia First and protectionist parties ahead of the Greens in NSW, and Family First also ahead of Greens in Qld and Vic.

The final seat in the Senate will be between the Shooters and Fishers, Fred Nile’s Christian Democrat Party and Cate Faehrmann for the Greens.

Whoever wins that seat will have the balance of power in the Senate.

The Greens is the only party that really has an agenda to stop coal seam and other unconventional gas mining.

WikiLeaks Party has preferenced the Shooters and far-right parties Australia First and Protectionist Party ahead of Greens in NSW. They have preferenced the Nats ahead of Scott Ludlam (Greens) in WA. They now claim this is due to an ‘administrative error’.

Preferencing is only a recommendation but if you decide to vote below the line in the Senate make sure you know what each party stands for.

You can check out all preference decisions on http://www.aec.gov.au/election/downloads.htm.

Every vote counts – including yours.

Vivien Royston, New Brighton

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  1. To quote from the distribution preferences wrap up: “2,920 (0.09%) votes originally from Stop CSG distributed to The Greens (Cate FAEHRMANN) via preference 43.”

    So there you have it! All the STOP CSG Party votes preferentially went to Cate Faehrmann from The Greens as was designed to be. It’s a shame more smaller parties did not do this for Cate so she could have got into the Senate.


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