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February 28, 2021

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Police looking for missing Pottsville woman

Police say they are seeking public assistance to locate a woman missing from Pottsville for almost a week.

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Dr Matt Landos, East Ballina There is the real news and then there is the fake news. The radio news announced...

Resilience through biodiversity and awareness

The Byron Shire Resilience and Regeneration Roadshow will be in Brunswick Heads this Saturday, as part of a series of events across the region tackling the question: ‘How do we create more resilient communities in 2021?’

A closer look at Byron Council’s fossil fuel investments

Is Byron Council putting its money where its mouth is when it comes to reducing carbon emissions?

Interview with Sarah McLeod

Sarah McLeod is a passionate woman. She’s Aussie rock royalty, front person of The Superjesus and a powerful solo performer. In this interview she talks about her two loves, one new and one gone; her piano and her dog. One found, and one lost, during lockdown.

Call to protect oceans from plastic and pollution

A new sign has been installed at Main Beach, Byron Bay, calling for increased awareness and collective action on the issue of marine debris and pollution. 

Police confirm Main Arm drug operation

NSW Police have finally confirmed what pretty much every one in Main Arm already knows – they are conducting drug operations in the north of the Shire.

The word insurgents has been used to describe activists who don’t want to live in a gasfield. Despite the word being given terrorist connotations by the military, the Oxford dictionary defines it as ‘rising in active revolt; a rebel, a revolutionary’.

One of the greatest insurgents, Nelson Mandela, passed away this week. What a wonderful inspiration he was to all who deplore injustice. Another brilliant insurgent visiting the shire this week, Vandana Shiva, told festival-goers of noble women in India protecting trees who said, ‘You will have to kill us before you kill the trees’. She spoke of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) currently being negotiated with USA which would see the world’s dominant five corporations having more control of our seeds, the pushing of GMO crops into a world that is mostly GMO-free, and the corporations having the right to sue governments in invester-to-state suits.

Furthermore, with Gina Rinehart rumoured to be negotiating for PEL445 gas licence over much of the north coast, the Metgasco plans to drill near Lismore is the foothold for the rape that must not happen. As Vandana Shiva said, we will need to ‘defend life on earth with all our passion, all our love and all our care’.

Deborah Lilly, Mullumbimby

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