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April 18, 2021

Terrific weather or terrible drought?

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Suffolk Park Pump Track

We the ‘Engaged Neighbours’, on behalf of the Suffolk Park pump track’s affected neighbours and 300–400 petitioners and letter writers, request Council NOT to continue to bulldoze the large fenced in section of Linda Vidler Parkland adjacent to Baz and Shaz’s shop, close to the houses on three sides.

Rocky Creek Field Day coming in July

As part of the Rural Landholder Initiative, rural landholders in the Rocky Creek area are invited to an Off-stream Watering and Riparian Habitat Field Day.

My own pandemic imaginations

Robert Podhajsky, Ocean Shores Imagination is a powerful mechanism; I must admit I get unsettled with my own pandemic imaginations...

Where announcements masquerade as action

The great secret about government in Australia is this: no-one wants to know about government in Australia.

Beware of flood damage scams

NSW Fair Trading is warning consumers about opportunistic tradespeople trying to take advantage during the flood recovery process as the state gets back on its feet.

DPI has an eye on Lismore’s yellow crazy ants

The yellow crazy ant (Anoplolepis gracilipes) is a species of ant, originally from Southeast Asia, that has been accidentally introduced to numerous places in the world – including Lismore.

From January 1 to June 15 Byron Shire received 1.2 metres or 47 inches less rain than it normally does, a trend that actually began two years ago for the whole east coast of New South Wales.

The southern mountains of NSW has had about twice our rainfall this year. (http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/drought/#tracker)

Doppler radar shows our rain is consistently coming from the northwest, meaning that we are now on the rain shadow side of the Great Dividing Range.

This will be quite disastrous for our area if this trend continues in the years to come, changing our area from a lush, dense green, subtropical rainforest area, to a temperate savannah area.

This is it not due to the current developing El Nino, which will only make the drought even worse, but instead would seem to be the result of man-made global warming.

Peter Olson, Goonengerry


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