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May 9, 2021

People power coming back to the Bay

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Join Clarkes Beach paddle out this weekend to stop massive oil and gas field project

Hundreds of local surfers and water-lovers will paddle out at Clarke’s Beach over the weekend to protest against a massive oil and gas field proposed for the NSW coast.

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Thousands of sober stoners march for drug law reform in Nimbin

Nimbin HEMP Embassy President Michael Balderstone said he was surprised at the high turn-out, given a heavy police presence on streets surrounding the rainforest village.

Houses without smoke detectors very alarming

Fire & Rescue NSW is always busy and the nation-wide fires in recent years have highlighted the importance and value of our firefighters.

Man dead after boat capsizes near Yamba

Police say a man has died and a second has been taken to hospital after a boat capsized south of Yamba this morning.

Mayor’s parting gift 

Michele Grant, Ocean Shores The Mayor’s parting gift to the Bruns/Bayside Community was ushering through approval for the controversial Corso...

Government fails to support dying at home in Northern Rivers

Approaching the subject of dying is always tricky, often awkward, and never easy. But when you are faced with caring for someone at the end of their life, it helps if you can find support from people who have already navigated the path.

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Killer Crocs!

When I was 18, to rebel against the world my parents had created, I shaved a half Mohawk, encouraged my hair to stand on end, grew my armpit hair, wore torn black rags, too much eyeliner and wore 18-hole Dr. Martens boots. These days, to give their parents the shits, the kids are wearing Crocs. With socks. They’re going for comfort.

Really, for abject silliness this council takes the cake. Rocks dumped at Belongil, sand trundled from one beach to another, road diversions through wetlands, diesel trainloads of the rich transported through modest suburbs chuffing out stinking fumes and annoying noise.

Back in the day when Business Bay was a real place before the money moved in, the environment had a fighting chance and some fine things were achieved by the grassroots community. Alas, incremental decline set in with burgeoning gentrification encouraged by the flourishing real estate business.

Byron was losing its mojo. There appeared to be a heartening possibility of some balance again after the last BSC election with a strong showing from the Greens. Alas, after an act of betrayal unmatched since Judas achieved dubious immortality, that hope was blown to the winds like gold dust off a developer’s cheque.

However, there are great stirrings afoot and changes rumbling. Byron Bay may emerge from the blight and shine again to take possession of its motto ‘Expect Respect’, to include its glorious environs and flora and fauna.

In the words of the unforgettable sign at Bentley Blockade, it’s PEOPLE POWER BABY! that will save the day.

Jill Keogh, Federal


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  1. The rich don’t take the train whether the sun is rising or in rain
    And for Diesel, they with their music blaring have been pretty loud
    And have rallied and made it and have made their rock band proud.
    When the train up and went, the Byron economy has been on the wane.
    And artists and writers have found it hard to find work without any gain.


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