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April 21, 2021

Nats don’t get it: a gas field is a gas field

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Local youth among those hardest hit by housing affordability crisis

A 20 per cent spike in rents is driving an increase in youth homelessness across the North Coast, the organisers of a national campaign to end homelessness say.

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Local youth among those hardest hit by housing affordability crisis

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Professor Graham Samuel says dementia care is personal

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Bruns boarding house showdown Thursday

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MVP is its own award

It’s easy to get excited about Byron’s new MVP restaurant in Lawson St – it’s not only got standout dishes such as Blue Spirulina Linguine with blue swimmer crab and Yamba prawns, and Fettuccine al Ragù with Hayters Hill beef ragù sauce, feta and baby peas, but it’s also all sustainably sourced from local growers, available in takeaway (even delivered if you’re close to town) and more than half of the menu is plant-based.

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Byron’s Back

‘Byron’s dead’. That’s the statement that I often hear. Or ‘I never go there anymore it’s lost’ or ‘Byron died years ago’. It always makes me feel a bit sad and defensive. I have such a love for this place, although I curse it when I get stuck in snaking traffic at 8am on a weekday morning or I can’t find a park near where I am going.

The National Party has confirmed its plans to turn our beautiful northern rivers into a coal seam gas field by renewing Dart Energy’s gas exploration licence.

Despite reductions in the exploration area, the licence to mine for CSG still covers the towns of Lismore, Kyogle, Nimbin, The Channon, Coraki and the surrounding water catchments that we all depend upon.

The water supply for Ballina and Byron shires remains in an area where CSG mining is still allowed. If CSG production pollutes the aquifers upstream, residents in Byron and Ballina will feel any health impacts.

It’s simply not good enough. The Nationals’ announcement is a political stunt designed to try and get them through the upcoming state election. Local farmers, business owners, environmentalists and grandparents have all come together to protect our land and water. We want a NSW powered by renewable energy, not dirty fossil fuels like CSG.

If the Nationals are serious about standing up for north coast communities they need to immediately cancel all exploration licences over the northern rivers – not just the bits that don’t have any CSG anyway.

The Greens are committed to a permanent ban on coal seam gas mining across the northern rivers, and the rest of NSW. If I’m elected at the state election in March, moving to cancel the CSG exploration licences in the northern rivers will be my top priority.

Tamara Smith, Greens candidate for Ballina


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