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October 19, 2021

Council mergers damage communities

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So long Greens

So, where to now for Greens voters disillusioned with local MP Tamara Smith advocating the big pharmaceutical program? One would...

Lake Ainsworth Cyanobacteria Update – RED ALERT

Ballina Shire Council has just issued a Red Alert for Lake Ainsworth. Water should NOT be used for primary recreation. Users should obey all signage erected by Council.

Lismore Councillors vote to seek urgent changes to the NSW Government roadmap to reopening

Residents in regional areas and local government area representatives, are already straining under what appears to be the Sydney centricity of the NSW Roadmap

Gladys’ resignation

The entrenched corruption that tied senior politicians and police to notorious underworld figures in NSW for decades from the...

Outcry over closure sees two Tweed Council libraries reopen their doors

Library branches at Tweed Heads and Murwillumbah will reopen for limited hours from today, after Tweed Shire Council agreed to fund the additional cost of administering the NSW Government’s latest public health order.

Editorial: Clear as a muddled government

Good news! Local police will not be actively enforcing the government’s Public Health (COVID-19 General) Order 2021 when it comes to business activity – see NSW govt’s Health Order lacks clarity.

Amalgamation was an unmitigated disaster for Port Douglas, and our only remedy to undo its damage was to unseat the safely seated state member.

Merged into the grey blur of Cairns, our rates went up 30 per cent and our services declined by 20 per cent as our local personality was homogonised.

I was Port Douglas’s resisting councillor in the 2008 amalgamation, sparking a seven-year fight to de-amalgamate, where the state projected nothing but financial ruin for the rebuilt Douglas shire.

All the state arguments proved  fictitious and self serving. Douglas booms again under independent rule.

When lighthouse communities like Douglas, Byron and Noosa get extinguished, Australia loses its idea generators.

There is only one effective fightback, and that’s to mobilise and attack state MPs at election time. Get ready to fight Byron.

Rod Davis, Port Douglas, Queensland


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