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September 23, 2021

Nationals support for CSG is ongoing

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Police arrest 32 in protests across the state

Police say they have prevented the mass gathering of people in various locations across NSW, arresting 32 people and issuing 265 Penalty Infringement Notices in a coordinated and mobile response to planned protest activity.

10pm Monday – update of COVID venues of concern

The Northern NSW Local Health District has been notified of a number of venues of concern associated with confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the region.

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 22 September, 2021

Please check, at the end of lockdown to see whats on.

NSW Regional Housing Taskforce to recommend holiday rental regulation changes

Regional Housing Taskforce Chair Garry Fielding says recommendations around short-term holiday letting regulations will feature in his report to planning minister Rob Stokes later this month.

Wearing drink bottles on your bum to save rainforests

Undies entrepreneur Brendan Lo doesn’t see himself as a smart arse, but his take on some old bit of wisdom is a bit cheeky.

Richmond Valley Council looks at thermal waste to energy

At last night’s Richmond Valley Council meeting, councillors looked at a recommendation that Council receives and notes the information on the next steps to seek Alternate Waste Treatment solutions for landfill and recyclable waste streams.

On the important local issues the Nationals have let the community down. Their ongoing support for coal seam gas (CSG) mining in the northern rivers proves that they no longer represent the community.

The introduction of competitive tendering for vocational education and training could result in the TAFE system closing all together as valuable education dollars are being diverted to private operators who are simply looking to cash in rather than provide quality education. TAFE numbers are down approximately 25 per cent.

The proposed highway deviation between Broadwater and Ballina is a classic example of how the Nationals operate.

Instead of upgrading the highway along the existing corridor and saving up to $300 million they are proposing a massive 13km deviation through Ballina’s largest and most important wildlife corridor that will also decimate a number of Aboriginal sacred sites. And scar trees.

One has to wonder why our Indigenous culture, biodiversity and public money have lost out in their ‘balanced approach’ which has prioritised marginal cane paddocks over all other concerns.

Three hundred million dollars is a lot of money that could be reallocated to our region without blowing the budget that the major parties appear happy be doing in their quest to pick up or hold onto the seat of Ballina, which has obviously become a marginal seat.

Independents have shown to work well with both sides of politics by removing the party political games and brinkmanship that now dominates our parliament.

We could end up with a minority government. As an independent I’ll work tirelessly for our community. It’s time to stop political parties dominating our democracy and selling us out to the highest bidder.

Jeff Johnson, Independent candidate for Ballina

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