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February 8, 2023

Return of the Jedi?

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Iron Gates development in Evans Head land owners go into administration – again

The Iron Gates development, that is on flood- and fire-prone land near Evans Head, has been fought by the community for over 30 years. The current company that owns the site, Goldcoral Pty Ltd whose director is Graeme Ingles, has now been placed into administration.

Other News

Protest gets results

Psst: want to get Council staff to do something about the appalling state of roads in your neighbourhood?

A tribute for Richard Moloney

Byron Shire has lost another of its colourful characters, the irrepressible Richard Moloney, who died suddenly but peacefully in his home at the end of January.

A smorgasbord of flicks

This year’s smorgasbord of over 40 incredible short films are handpicked from a record 3,200 entries received for Flickerfest’s Academy® and BAFTA Qualifying short-film festival screened recently in Bondi, and Northern Rivers audiences are the first in Australia to experience the best of Flickerfest on tour. Highlights enjoying their Northern Rivers premiere include recent Academy® nominees and much-loved festival award winners alongside exciting, fresh, local talent.

Community advocacy

I am a small business owner of Byron Central Apartments. Tamara Smith MP has recently supported us on two...

Teenage boys extorted over sexually explicit images

In the lead-up to tomorrow's Safer Internet Day the Kids Helpline is highlighting the concerning trend of overseas criminal syndicates preying on Australian children, particularly teenage boys, by extorting money from them after deceiving them to send sexually explicit images over instant messaging platforms.

Perrottet’s election gamble on cashless pokies

It would appear ClubsNSW is not having a good year, and today’s announcement that the NSW government has proposed a gambling reform policy that would ensure all poker machines in the state become cashless by 2028 hasn't made it any better.

The world has for decades been in the grip of THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK stage of STAR WARS and is desperately needing the RETURN OF THE JEDI to restore peace and sanity to the Empire.

Just looking at the line-up of wanna-be REPUBLICAN SUPREME LEADERS reveals the quality of candidates you get when you open the floodgate to untold billions in corporate funding. The worst GALACTIC REPUBLIC money can buy.

With 43 per cent support, one apparently guileless candidate speaks all the unexpressed rage of the GAMORREAN masses. If elected, any one of these DARK LORDS will unleashe dreadful suffering on the Empire and millions will die. One in five citizens is an IMPERIAL STORMTROOPER of some sort, from the Military down to legions of underpaid security guards, protecting 80 per cent of the Empire’s wealth held by the ruling 1 per cent.

The GALACTIC EMPIRE has never been democratic, but don’t dare mention that. It is corporate feudalism rapidly becoming fear-driven fascism.

The present SUPREME LEADER wrote in his memoir that even to be short-listed as a candidate you have to have sold your soul to the DARK LORD VEDA. Aspiring SUPREME LEADER Hilary means business as usual. Bernie is the nearest thing to OBI WAN KENOBI and the RETURN OF THE JEDI, and while his rising popularity may rattle the GALACTIC REPUBLIC, history shows the Empire knows how to deal with such bleeding hearts. Nothing will raise the ire of the DARK LORD like restricting the flow of fossil fuels.  Let’s hope THE FORCE AWAKENS in time to restore sanity and turn back the tide.

Michael Balson – Upper Wilson’s Creek


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  1. Good luck mate.

    Those 1 percent are busy worldwide dumbing down and povertising (my word) populations to the point where the common person has no money to use the legal system for justice nor literacy to understand your message.

  2. In a world very close to us at a time that was on our own watch, the Empire was striking back against the actions of the people and the heavy strikes of the populous against government harshness and of the rioting in the streets. So far in the last calendar year the Empire had suffered many defeats.

    Cars were on fire and buildings had been reduced to rubble against the tyranny of the Empire and the estates that were beset upon the powerless local people. Police were everywhere knocking on doors and taking people away. Those people never returned.

    The empowerment of the people were in their local council and many of those councils were forced to merge and some councils had disappeared forever. Democracy was under threat if the life and death that was forced upon the people could be called democratic.


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Far North Coast branch of NSW Farmers launches

The new NSW Farmers Far North Coast Branch, that will be representing farmers from the Tweed and Byron Shires, launched yesterday.

New Lismore refugee support group starting up

A local group from the Lismore area, the Lismore Region Refugee Settlement (LRRS), have come together to support refugees settling in the area. 

A tribute for Richard Moloney

Byron Shire has lost another of its colourful characters, the irrepressible Richard Moloney, who died suddenly but peacefully in his home at the end of January.

Flood rebuilds hampered by ‘like-for-like’ insurance clause

Attempts by flood-affected homeowners to retrofit their homes with flood-resilient materials are being cruelled by insurance companies and builders, a local resident says.