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February 25, 2021

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‘Hollywood’ drug squads over the top

I guess we have to thank Hollywood for the enduring myth that a black-clad squad of elite 'blokes', preferably with cool helicopters, from the capital are needed to crack down on really serious crime in hick parts of the country like Mullumbimby.

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Woman assaults police – Bangalow

Police say that a woman resisted arrest and assaulted two officers yesterday in Bangalow.

Man rescued from Upper Wilsons Creek causeway

At about 10pm last Friday a man from Mullumbimby was driving his his car along Upper Wilsons Creek Road and was swept into the creek.

Cult Covid

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Lessons on resilience, regeneration from Iran

Zara Noruzi is one of the special guest speakers at the Byron Shire Resilience and Regeneration Roadshow, hosted by Renew Fest and Resilient Byron.

Ready for Byron’s latest massive development on Jonson St?

The changing face of Byron as Gold Coast and Sydney developers move in to recreate the look and feel of the town with intense development proposals.

Will Ballina Council live up to its promise?

A motion from Cr Jeff Johnson to be tabled at Ballina Shire Council's meeting this week will ask the council to live up to its promise to act on the climate emergency, and divest from fossil fuel investments.

Looks like we’ve passed through the most recent ‘reign of terror’, at least for now. No, I don’t mean Schoolies Week but the police response to it.

Driving past Simmos service station opposite Byron Bay Police Station I saw three burly police with a screaming teenage girl’s head pinned to the pavement. Disturbing echoes of America where police overkill has become the new normal.

The sound of sirens, flashing lights ahead and in the rear view mirror, parking inspectors dishing out fines willy-nilly, surveillance cameras everywhere.

Standing on a rock to catch a fish to take home for dinner is now a criminal act throughout most of Byron Bay, despite the twin facts that not a shred of scientific evidence was produced to show it was causing any harm to the marine environment and that these spots had been part of a sustainable marine harvest by local families for millennia. I can’t catch my own fish for dinner but I can go buy factory trawled fish from distant oceans in Aldi, which somehow constitutes progress in marine conservation.

Meanwhile thousands of cigarette butts enjoy a daily tidal ride from the sand into the wild ocean. For a place still trading on it’s reputation as a bastion of free thinking Bohemianism we sure have become a community used to suckling on the teat of state sanctioned force and pecuniary coercion. Magic happens?

Steve Shearer, Lennox Head.


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  1. Give the police a break. They are peacekeepers and there’s no point in trying to keep the peace in dangerous places where there isn’t any. Far more efficient (and safer) for them to keep the peace in places where there’s plenty, like Byron schoolies and Mardi Grass.


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