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COVID update: a new Byron case, Aquarius and Community Support Accommodation

The Northern NSW Local Health District says there was one new case of COVID-19 was reported for NNSWLHD to 8pm, November 25. This case is located in the Byron Local Government Area, a traveller from outside the region and e is not associated with the Aquarius Backpackers.

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Asbestos: it’s in 1 in 3 homes

This year’s National Asbestos Awareness Week campaign asks Australians to ‘Think Twice About Asbestos’. The campaign challenges complacency by reminding home renovators and tradespeople that the danger of asbestos is far from over.

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 24 November, 2021

Lots of things that are happening in the Byron Shire, all in one place

Leigh Thomas says political affiliations not relevant to Council decision making

Leigh Thomas is the lead candidate for Group M running in the upcoming Tweed Shire Council elections. Mr Thomas...

Ballina council votes for waterfront affordable and social housing

The Ballina Shire Council has voted unanimously to ask for state government commitment on waterfront affordable and social housing as part of a marina upgrade.

The inner game of truthmanship

A few weeks back 3AW’s Neil Mitchell asked our Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, whether he’d ever told a lie in his public life, who incredibly (and seemingly incredulously) answered ‘I don’t believe I have, no’. 

Sprinkling the fun and fundraising in November

If you didn’t know before, then now you do – November 24 is Fairy Bread Day and 100s and 1000s manufacturer Dollar Sweets is taking Fairy Bread to the next level.

A recent article in the journal Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, reports a spike in the number of methane plumes emanating from coastal ocean depths of about 500 metres [H. Paul Johnson et al]. This may be the beginning of methane hydrate destabilisation in non-arctic waters.

Initially most of the methane is dissolving in the ocean and reacting with oxygen to form carbon dioxide. As a result the coastal water is becoming de-oxygenated which is disrupting the marine eco-system. There are enormous quantities of the very powerful global warming gas, methane, stored in these hydrates. Release can be expected to follow an exponential trend as a result of many natural feedback systems, if we don’t act fast.

We need to impress upon our political leaders the extreme urgency of replacing coal, gas, and oil with renewable energy sources. Take note that the weekend of November 28 (Brisbane) and 29 (Byron, Lennox Head and Lismore) is the time to let our voices be heard in our global millions.

Join the People’s Climate Marches, it may not be too late.

Sapoty Brook, Main Arm – off the grid


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