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Australia to light the way with industrial-scale power

Big ideas are easy. Finding the big money and big names to back them is not. But a long-term plan to turn WA’s Pilbara into the largest renewable energy hub in the world has just taken a giant leap forward.

Other News

Teen missing from Coffs Harbour

NSW Police are appealing for public assistance to locate a teenager missing in the Coffs Harbour area.

Cabarita Surf Club gets $500k funding boost

Cabarita Beach Surf Life Saving Club has secured a $500,000 grant in the NSW Government’s 2021/22 Surf Club Facility Program.

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 29 June, 2022

The Nimbin Art Fair is on again after many postponements owing to covid and the floods. Hosted by Nimbin Artists Gallery, a not-for-profit organisation supporting local creatives, the Fair allows you to see the whole gamut of creative art from the vibrant arts community that is Nimbin and its surrounds.

Flood-prone land in Murwillumbah swapped for flood-free land 

It has been five years in the making but the innovative land swap of flood-prone land for flood-free land in Murwillumbah is underway with a second round of ‘expressions of interest’ about to open. 

Get booked, from July 1

The annual Byron Shire Book Fair is finally going ahead from Friday July 1 to Sunday July 3 from 9am to 4pm at the Byron Bay Surf Club.

Opinion: Lettuce end food shortages!

Whoever would have thought we’d need to pay $10 for a lettuce in a supermarket? This is a real sign of the times.

Most citizens of Australia currently have access to two national broadcasters that inform, educate and entertain through free to air TV, radio and online.

There are few countries in the world that have access to such high quality networks as hallmarks of a vibrant democracy.

As the federal treasurer prepares his budget, supporters of our national broadcasters ABC and SBS are increasingly nervous about possible cut-backs to these important public institutions.

If projected cut-backs take place we can imagine a media landscape in Australia where there is no balanced or serious analysis of public policy, religion, science and the arts, where there is no significant coverage of women’s sports, no focus on children’s programs or classical music and no opportunity to view quality programs without commercial interruption or influence.

Tweed residents who feel that the ABC and SBS provide a vital service to the Australian community, can show their support at a public meeting to be held on Sunday 9 March at the Wedgetail Retreat, 12 Wedgetail Court, Dulguigan from 3.30pm-5.30pm.  RSVP Sandy Copley [email protected]

Neville Jennings, Murwillumbah

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  1. Tony Abbott works on the premise that a fearful and uninformed population is able to be easily persuaded towards docility. He is relentless in his pursuit of the Orwellian model of media control. in evidence, the last bastion of free speech, the public broadcasters (the ABC and SBS), is under attack from the biggest weapon he has at his disposal, funding withdrawal. The threat alone has already affected the behavior of some journalists at the ABC, choosing to prove that they ARE playing for the “home team” with their soft approach to the coalition while constantly nit picking at the left.


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Koori Mail wins NAIDOC Week award

Local media outlet and responder to the February and March floods, the Koori Mail was honoured at the annual National NAIDOC Week Awards held on Narrm Country on Saturday evening.

Active Fest and Olympics heading to Byron

Want a fun day of netball, rugby league, soccer, skateboarding, BMX, baseball 5, or tennis? The Active Fest is coming to the Cavanbah Centre in Byron on July 14.

First Nations Voice in Council moves closer

Byron Council will aim to give local First Nations people a role in its decision-making process by September 2024, echoing the newly-elected federal government’s pledge to honour the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

Trees Not Bombs gone but not forgotten

On Friday evening the space that was home for the Trees Not Bombs recovery café stood empty of its tent, pots and pans, makeshift kitchen sink and cups of tea and cake, but the most noticeable absence was the smiles and support of the volunteers.