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July 28, 2021

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Criticism of Ballina Cr Cadwallader’s water election tactics

The Ballina Environment Society (BES) has accused Ballina Councillor Sharon Cadwallader of politicising water security by using ‘the Dunoon Dam as one of her key concerns in her bid for mayor in September’s local government elections’.

MP steps into Dunoon Dam debate as county council defends and defies

The Rous County Council has again voted against including a new dam in future water security investigations but new state political pressure suggests the debate is far from over.


Andrew Macklin, Mullumbimby Creek Gareth Smith (July 14), I can see you like the selective use of historical facts and statistics...

Green is the colour of my discontent

Tom Tabart, Co-founder, Byron Greens The Greens team for the Council election has a problem with the inclusion of Sarah Ndiaye,...

Byron council recognises impacts of STP on local landholders

Following a refusal by Byron Shire Council to communicate with local landholders on the Belongil Catchment Drain Board over the impact of excess water flows from the Sewage Treatment Plant they have finally admitted there is a major problem.

Civil war

Peter Olson, Goonengerry Professor Klaus Schwab, founder of the World Economic Forum, says that by Christmas time, people will be more...

Today, the Australian Financial Review and Westpac have announced the winners of the 100 Women of Influence awards – women who have shown vision, leadership, innovation and action in and beyond their field.

I’m honoured – and truth told, pretty excited – to be one of the winners, based on my work over the past decades in regional Australia.

I’m just back in the office from speaking to our local ABC radio and the conversation really made me think. It’s one thing to enjoy five minutes of fame, but awards such as these have a much deeper meaning.

I am deputy chair of the National Australia Day Council, which coordinates Australian of the Year Awards, so it’s top of mind to me what it means to win a significant public award. You become an ambassador for your cause – someone with the influence to bring about real change.

Take Rosie Batty, 2015 Australian of the Year. A brave survivor of domestic violence (her husband murdered her son Luke in public), she has become an extremely influential lobbyist, working to halt domestic violence. She’s credited with putting domestic violence on the national agenda (according to Victorian Police Chief Commissioner Ken Lay). Rosie has dedicated herself to fighting domestic violence and calling for systemic changes.

Along with the many other men and women battling to turn things around, Rosie’s work is making a difference. Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull is behind the cause, and the government has just pledged a huge package of support to tackle domestic violence.

Rosie is an inspiration to me – as are the recipients, past and present of the 100 Women of Influence awards. I can’t wait to see what these women achieve in the coming years, individually and together.

And as for me – well, I’d be happy with a regional Australia that is flourishing, diverse and sustainable, providing careers for our young people, equal opportunities for women, and clean, green produce for Australia and the world, amidst healthy landscapes. That’s not too much to ask, is it?

Robbie Sefton, Tamworth

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  1. Robbie,
    The most famous woman of influence in recent times is a women you can quote and not even mention her name. Who said these words in anger as she gestulated by an outstretched hand pointing to the man with the blue tie. I will quote:
    “And in so doing I say to the Leader of the Opposition I will not be lectured about sexism and misogyny by this man. I will not. And the Government will not be lectured about sexism and misogyny by this man. Not now, not ever.”


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