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All fired up: former magistrate fumes at news of the world

How does one react to news of environmental vandalism, rampant domestic violence and mutilation of women without anger or distress?

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A hands up poll

Helena Norberg-Hodge and John Page, Byron Bay Hands up everyone who wants another high-end tourist resort in Byron: a place...

Resilient communities training on offer

‘Resilience’ has become a buzzword in Australia over the past few years, as communities across the country struggle to cope with fire, floods, and a pandemic.

Lismore City Council declares housing emergency, wants more units

A Lismore City Council housing survey had shown more than 60 per cent of residents were living by themselves or with one other person, Cr Ekins said, prompting ‘a real need for smaller housing or units’.

Independent councillor fact-checks housing supply in the Byron Shire

Independent Byron Shire Councillor Cate Coorey won approval from fellow councillors last week for a new reporting regime she says will offer clarification on dwellings approved in the shire.

Travelling at the speed of lies

When Tim Berners-Lee and others created the architectural foundations of the world wide web, they did so with the vision of openness, idea sharing, and trust. Human nature has a way of making things more complicated, of course.

Michael Lyon elected as Byron Mayor

Owing to the resignation of former Mayor at the end of April, a vote was held today to replace Simon Richardson, until the next election
I’ve been reading the comments about political candidates for the upcoming state election in Echonetdaily over the past few weeks. It never ceases to amaze me how quickly people forget about the track-record of political parties.
For instance, the Labor Party have an appalling record here on the north coast. The Labor Party were the ones who closed the Casino-Murwillumbah rail line in 2004, originally gave out the coal seam gas exploration licences in 2006, mapped the new Pacific Highway route through core koala habitat south of Ballina in 2007, tried to sell off the public’s electricity poles and wires network in 2008, ripped planning control for the West Byron mega-development off Byron Council in 2009 and cut funding off thousands of local single parents in 2013.
Now they are in opposition, they are basically campaigning against their own track record from when they were Government! This is a party that clearly cannot be trusted.
Elections are not a simple reality TV show where individual contestants are vying against each other; we are voting for a party as well.
That’s why I’ll be voting for Greens candidate, Tamara Smith because she not only has decades of involvement standing up for environmental and social justice causes, including the campaigns against sand mining on Fraser Island and Club Med in Byron Bay, but also represents a party (The Greens) who have consistently stood up for communities and the environment when the ALP has sold us out so many times.
Sharon Gibson, Mullumbimby

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