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Have your say on Byron Bay’s foreshore 

Byron Council staff have proposed options and a ten-year vision for the much-used space, including the removal, or partial removal, of the carpark overlooking Main Beach. 

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Labor announces its councillor ticket for Byron Shire

Labor councillor, Asren Pugh, and South Golden Beach local, Janet Swain will head the Byron Shire Labor team to contest the Byron Shire Council elections on September 14.

Winter fest at Byron High, June 18

To celebrate the creative and artistic talents of students, Byron Bay High School is holding its annual Winter Arts Festival (a.k.a the WAF) showcase evening on Tuesday, June 18. 

Winter cricket for over-45s gets underway with some big hitting

The inaugural Far North Coast over-45s winter cricket league got off to a great start with over 400 runs...

Editorial – Should Mullum’s water remain locally sourced?

The push by members of Council’s Water and Sewer Advisory Committee (WSAC) to retain Mullum’s local water supply is heating up...

Whian Whian public school kids are all in D-tension

The Whian Whian Public School whole school band, D-Tension, are preparing for their first gig of 2024 and it’s going to go off with a bang – or at least a flash of lantern light on Saturday in Lismore.

Relocalising to find the life we all dream of

Everywhere we look we see signs of economic downturn, environmental destruction and social breakdown. It’s easy to wonder how we can ever improve our lives and those of our kids.

The outrage that erupted worldwide, including in Australia, after Cecil the lion was shot by Walter Palmer, is indicative of the fact that many people are widening their circles of compassion to include animals.

Palmer reportedly hired a team to lure Cecil out of his protected sanctuary and blind him with a spotlight while Palmer shot Cecil with a high-powered crossbow and allowed the animal to suffer for nearly two days before he and his accomplices finally killed, skinned, and beheaded him. The future looks bleak for Cecil’s young cubs.

It would be more shocking—and alarming—if people weren’t outraged by this horrific crime. If these animals aren’t deserving of compassion and cries for justice, I’m not sure who is.

The fact that so many people are calling for harsh punishments for Palmer and his cronies shows that more and more people are starting to feel that every life is deserving of consideration and respect, and that we should seek to stop injustice, no matter who the victim is.

Jason Baker, director of campaigns, PETA Australia

 


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