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No accountability for proven police misconduct

On Australia Day in 1998, I was the legal observer for the ‘Nude Ain’t Rude’ rally at Belongil Beach.

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Where announcements masquerade as action

The great secret about government in Australia is this: no-one wants to know about government in Australia.

Coalition ‘hellbent’

Mat Morris, Bangalow The NSW coalition seems to be hellbent on outdoing their federal counterparts when it comes to the denigration...

Head-on crash car traveling in wrong direction

Police say that two men are in hospital after an accident on the M1 overnight, when emergency services responded to reports of a crash involving two cars near Clothiers Creek

Housing crisis and Council

Avital Sheffer, Mullumbimby Population growth in this Shire is inevitable like it or not. Those who are being pushed out by...

Byron Shire celebrates seniors during festival week

An action-packed program has been planned for the 2021 Byron Shire Seniors Festival with drumming, dancing, walking, yoga and laughing on the program.

Councillors move to create alternative housing market

Byron Council is aiming to make 10 per cent of local housing genuinely affordable within the space of a decade, under a brave and ambitious plan to implement a Community Land Trust (CLT) model across the Shire.  

I wish to respond to comments made by the Greens in the north coast this week about the future of TAFE in the regions, emphasising that North Coast TAFE is not being privatised and continues to be here and affordable in the Northern Rivers and the Tweed Valley.

New students start learning every week at North Coast TAFE – with nearly 900 accessing a free place in the last month.

I want to assure our communities that North Coast TAFE still provides generous fee concessions, as well as the fee-free scholarships that have proved so popular for eligible students, and is definitely not being privatised.

In fact, the minister publicly confirmed at an event in our region last week that there was absolutely no intention of privatising TAFE.

North Coast TAFE, like all education providers, is evolving and changing to ensure that it meets the needs of its students.

We are focused on new initiatives such as our Portable On-site Delivery Spaces for civil construction so that we remain relevant and continue to be one of the larger employers in the region.

Our students expect and deserve the best possible training in the region and we are focussed on delivering this. North Coast TAFE is here to stay in the Northern Rivers and the Tweed Valley.

Elizabeth McGregor, North Coast TAFE’s institute director


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