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April 25, 2024

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Blockades continue as councillors wave next Wallum certificate through

A second subdivision works certificate for the Wallum estate was signed off by a majority of councillors last week, who again argued that they have no legal standing to further impede an approved development.

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Having fun in the Playground

Playground is a well-established event that will go off at Coorabell Hall on Saturday. For over two years, three long-term local DJ’s – Pob, Curly Si and Halo – have been curating this rhythmic happening. Their pedigree is assured and they guarantee the best underground electronic music and a loyal crew that bring a big-hearted vibe. On Saturday they’ll be bringing the dance to the hills.

Blaming Queensland again

I was astounded to read Mandy Nolan’s article ‘Why The Nude Beach Is A Wicked Problem’, in which she...

Can Council’s overturn their decisions?

NSW Labor planning minister, Paul Scully, when asked about the Wallum estate by local MP Tamara Smith (Greens)  in...

Mullumbimby railway station burns down

At around midnight last night, a fire started which engulfed the old Mullumbimby railway station. It's been twenty years since the last train came through, but the building has been an important community hub, providing office space for a number of organisations, including COREM, Mullum Music Festival and Social Futures.

Domestic violence service calls for urgent action to address crisis

Relationships Australia NSW is calling for urgent intervention from the NSW government to address men’s violence against women, following the horrific murder of Molly Ticehurst.

Wallum ponds

There are currently two proposed developments in the Byron Shire that will endanger, if not locally exterminate, frog species.  Many...

The Greens have announced revenue measures that would fund the repayment of $20 billion of investment in new public transport, schools, hospitals, housing and other social infrastructure, without privatisation or running up unsustainable debt.

Just before the election we’re hearing a lot of promises from both major parties, and people are understandably wondering where the money will come from and whether these “promises” will really come through. They’re also rightly concerned about the Baird government’s plans for privatising the poles and wires.

“We know that renewable energy, especially solar, holds great economic potential for Tweed, but if the Baird government goes ahead with privatisation then the network will be handed over to commercial businesses.

If they do that, than the ability for the public to control the investment as a public asset and control the transition to 100 per cent renewable energy will be lost.

The Greens have a plan to preserve the potential of a clean energy future for Tweed and NSW, this plan also includes funding the infrastructure we need for public services like Tweed Hospital, roads and rail, and a new high school for Pottsville.

The Greens plan for funding infrastructure involves reintroducing taxes worth $950 million a year on property speculators and poker machines in clubs that make over $100 million profit a year.

Together with $400 million a year from maintaining the stamp duties on large corporations’ business transactions (the ‘IGA taxes’) that were scheduled to be abolished, a loan of $20 billion can be paid back over a twenty year period, using conservative estimates of interest rates.

The vendor duty would not apply to the family home or farm and would help prevent first home buyers being priced out by another housing bubble.

Our proposed pokies tax changes only affect clubs that make more than $1 million a year in profit on their poker machines, which Australians would consider a fair ask.

Andrea Vickers, Greens candidate for Tweed


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Ancient brewing tradition honoured

An annual event and brewing ritual to honour ancient brewing traditions was held at Stone & Wood’s Byron brewery last week.

New data reveals NSW social housing waitlist blowout

A fresh analysis by Homelessness NSW reveals where people are waiting the longest for social housing, sparking calls to double the supply of social homes and boost services funding.

Domestic violence service calls for urgent action to address crisis

Relationships Australia NSW is calling for urgent intervention from the NSW government to address men’s violence against women, following the horrific murder of Molly Ticehurst.

Menacing dog declaration revoked

After an emotional deputation from the owner of the dog involved, Ballina Shire Council has this morning revoked a menacing dog declaration for the kelpie Lilo, which was brought into effect following a bite in July 2022.