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March 8, 2021

Match march with action

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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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Caravan park to pay $2.3mil plus to consumers

The NSW Court of Appeal has upheld the Supreme Court’s decision arising from the sale of the movable dwellings located on waterfront sites along the Tweed River.

Interview with Janet Swain

Janet Swain is 14. She’s in love with the tragic and brilliant cellist Jacquleine DuPré. But one day her mother arrives home with a bassoon.

Leadership lost

Paul Leitch, Ewingsdale Thanks to Hans Lovejoy for commenting on the proposed Ewingsdale Development (24 February). It is worthwhile noting that...

Top of Mt Warning

Daniel O’Brien, Federal Letters about Mt Warning were interesting. Chris Gee defended National Parks and Wildlife for adopting the views of...

Be proud of Ballina, help clean up our beaches

This Sunday, 7 March, Ballina Coastcare is inviting everyone who cares about Ballina's environment to Step Up To Clean Up, and join a special event for Clean Up Australia Day.

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.

Byron’s March in March rally sent a clear and strong message to the Abbott federal conservative government – it opposes its social, economic, industrial and environmental policies. Likewise some placards also reminded the rally that the NSW O’Farrell government conservative agenda is similar and must be opposed. Minister Don Page please take note, you’re on notice, and being scrutinised.

These  conservative governments are destroying  and winding back many of the social conditions and reforms that have been part of Australian way of life for decades, won largely by progressive forces for the advancement of, to name a few, working people in industrial relations, women’s rights, environmental laws and protection against rampant development and exploitation.

Today many people are joining the dots, and seeing these governments for what they really are, handmaidens to big business and corporate power. These entities are chaffing at the bit to unleash their conservative, anti-union, and anti-environment agenda on the Australian public, all under the guise of ‘jobs’ (casualisation, under employment…) and economic growth. There should be no doubt that this populist messaging is a distraction for what the real consequences are as a result of the neo liberal economic policies – rising financial inequality and poverty amongst Australians, further degrading and destruction of the environment for short-term profit, at the expense of sustainable industries and quality of life for people and the environment.

The March saw a coalescing of ordinary people very concerned about the future, and the need to highlight what these governments are all about. While letting some steam off might be good therapy for some, it needs to be matched with some concrete political action with more people mobilising to fight these moribund political ideologies and reactionary values.

Boyd Kellner, Newrybar


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Caravan park to pay $2.3mil plus to consumers

The NSW Court of Appeal has upheld the Supreme Court’s decision arising from the sale of the movable dwellings located on waterfront sites along the Tweed River.

Government modelling fails to reflect women’s interrupted careers

New research to be released this week analyses two decades of Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey to estimate the actual labour force experience of women over their life and accounts for working when super is not paid.

Ballina cleans up!

Clean Up Australia Day was a great success in Ballina, with the beach clean up event organised by Ballina Coastcare yesterday attracting twenty volunteers.

Lismore future councillor information sessions

With the delayed Local Government elections being held in September, several councils, including Lismore City Council, are holding information sessions for community members who are thinking about running for Council.