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October 8, 2022

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It’s Ageism Awareness Day

It’s Ageism Awareness Day and the peak body for older Australians, the Council on the Ageing (COTA) Australia, say we must all take action to address the scourge of ageism –  stereotyping and discriminating against individuals or groups on the basis of their age.

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Women to shine at TEDxByronBay

TEDxByronBayWOMEN is about the power of women and girls to be creators and change-makers.

Dreaming of Midsummer

Byron Ballet Company is currently preparing for one of the world’s most beloved ballets, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This...

What a weekend! National Circus Fest success at Mullum

It was a big weekend of acrobatic feats at the National Circus Fest, held at the Mullum Showgrounds.

Rain on the way…

Heavy rain is expected across much of the east coast of Australia over the coming week, but there is cautious optimism that the Northern Rivers won't cop the worst of the falls this time.

The soul of football-based sports

'It is around this time of the year I look at myself in the mirror and ask, "what is wrong with me?"' 

Ballina council taking suggestions for Lennox Head plan

Anyone with ideas for improving or protecting particular parts of Lennox and Skennars Heads has until 28 October to let the Ballina Shire Council know.

It is great that some of the less progressive Byron Shire councillors and the Brunswick Heads business community are finally recognising the nature of the ongoing battle to be consulted, in the true sense of the word, by the state government via their private-enterprise buddies.

The well-meaning suggestion of ‘mediation’ or compromise, however, is not going to change the existing power dynamic, or give more say to the local community.

For successful mediation, leading to a ‘win-win’ situation, both parties have to have something to lose. Common needs and values have to be established, before there is any motivation to ‘give way’ to the other party. In this new situation, the public/private enterprises have all the legal power, and the community has very little. All we can do is keep annoying them, like the story about the tiny mosquitoes overcoming the huge elephant.

The compromise approach was tried with Council, who do have some power, in that they have to approve the caravan park licences. And what was the final outcome? The new plans show that the planners have reneged on their commitments/compromises, despite Council’s upholding their own.

We can only hope that a majority of councillors, whatever their orientation, can see their own power being siphoned off and stand strong to insist on appropriate development before approving licences.

Eleanor Sharman, Brunswick Heads


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Norco set for rebuild but what about other businesses?

While the community digests Tuesday’s news of Norco’s Lismore ice cream factory’s rebuild, Norco Chief Executive, Michael Hampson wants to stress the importance of the plight of all flood-affected Lismore businesses including small and medium size ventures.

Flood-affected youth film screening tomorrow

Flickerfest and One Vision Productions have joined forces to facilitate a workshop and free film screening that has brought flood-affected youth together to tell their stories.

Eco Festival bringing Tweed residents together to get climate-ready

The Eco Festival, to be held in Murwillumbah, aims to bring Tweed residents together for a fun, free event with practical tips to help residents prepare to be climate-ready and environmentally friendly.

More pieces added to New Italy’s history

Dr Pol Dalmau, will visit the New Italy Museum on Sunday to talk about the Spanish archives with information about the Italian families who settled in the town from 1882.