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October 18, 2021

Progress towards a sustainable future

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Anti-DV umbrellas launched in Ballina

Rotary have partnered with NSW Police to design and distribute 150 umbrellas with a very clear message: 'Say NO to domestic violence'.

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Covid Cassandra peers into the future

As the COVID lockdowns draw to a close, there are still people who profess themselves unwilling to vaccinate under any circumstances, and who object to bearing any consequences that may arise.


Corruption, neither noble, nor unavoidable, nor the fault of the ICAC – the NSW premier messed up! Our premier has...

Can we inoculate against the racism virus?

Like many others, I watched with interest the recently screened ABC documentary, The School that Tried to End Racism.

NSW govt’s Health Order lacks clarity

Confused and anxious when it comes to ambiguous and complex COVID-19 laws? You are not alone.

Cultural heritage report goes public

A redacted copy of the 2013 Ainsworth Cultural Heritage Impact Assessment document has been made publicly available on the Rous County Council website, clarifying the extensive Widjabul-Wiabul connections with the land which would have been inundated by the Dunoon Dam.

Wildlife Hospital sets sights on Wollongbar location

A proposal for a wildlife hospital on a 2.39 hectare parcel of Crown land in Lindendale Road at Wollongbar, is before Ballina Council and on public exhibition. Northern Rivers Wildlife Hospital chair, Ninian Gemmell, welcomed consent for the use of Crown land for the proposed hospital.

John Vaughan just doesn’t get it. US CO2 emissions might be down, but what about methane emissions? The only real measure is the level of methane in the atmosphere, and after the rate of increase slowed in the 1990s and stopped in the early 2000s, it is again rising rapidly since the mid-2000s. Is it coincidence that this is when fracking got going on a large scale?

As for the IPCC, they do identify natural gas as a potential transitional fuel, ‘provided… the fugitive emissions associated with extraction and supply are low or mitigated’. There is no evidence that this is the case – many estimates of leakage are several times higher than the level needed to allow gas to be a better fuel than coal.

The IPCC also say that ‘renewable energy accounted for just over half of the new electricity-generating capacity added globally in 2012’. That’s not hollow rhetoric, John, that’s real progress towards a sustainable future. I know which side of history I would prefer to be on.

Matthew Lambourne, Mullumbimby


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