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February 27, 2021

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Mt Warning ban

Chris Gee, Byron Bay Indigenous readers be advised that the following letter contains references to persons deceased. I read with some...

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Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: There is no place like home… actually there are no places

Local low income residents in Byron Bay are the human koalas of our Shire. They too have lost much of their habitat. We need affordable housing now, not in three years, or five years, or ten. Now.

Motion to save Lennox pavilion fails

Ballina Cr Eoin Johnston's attempt to save the seventy year old weather shed at Lennox Head went down at council's meeting yesterday, attracting only one other councillor's support.

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.

Craig Kelly quits Liberal Party

Federal Member for Hughes Craig Kelly has resigned from the Liberal Party, technically throwing Scott Morrison's government into minority as it grapples with scandals from within and without.

Tweed Council rejects Casuarina disability viewing platform

Issues of queue jumping, the allocation of Tweed Shire Council’s resources in both time and money, and responding to...

Will the Lennox Park pavilion survive?

Ballina Shire Council will today debate the future of the Lennox Park pavilion/dressing shed, which is slated for removal as part of the Lennox Village Vision concept plan.

The Australian National Council on Drugs report, which was released this week, makes for pretty sobering reading. In short the key findings were:

  • almost one in eight deaths of people aged under 25 is owed to alcohol
  • 60 per cent of all police attendances (including 90 per cent of late-night calls) involve alcohol
  • one in five hospitalisations of people under 25 is owed to alcohol
  • 20 per cent of Australians drink at levels putting them at risk of lifetime harm
  • almost two-thirds of 18–29-year-olds drink ‘specifically to get drunk’.

This is the background to Byron’s even greater problems of late-night intoxication and violence. I wonder how the local Liquor Accord accounts for these findings in their defence of Byron’s late-night alcohol supply.

Dr David Moss, Byron Bay


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  1. I feel so sorry for these young people that need copious amounts of alcohol and other drugs to “enjoy” life.
    We have such a beautiful and vibrant area to live in that surely entertainment can be had without these artificial enhancements.Run,cycle or swim are just a few activities that will release natural endorphins into your bloodstream to give you a high and will make you healthy at the same time.Work towards being able to complete the Byron Bay Triathlon as an individual or a team.

  2. You’re right Geoff.
    Like you I didn’t have a drink as a youth because I new how much more fun triathlons were.
    Kids need to learn that they should be getting up early to train for triathlons everyday except Sunday, that’s for church.


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