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A new COVID-19 case flies into the Far North Coast

The Northern NSW Local Health District has confirmed that there is a new case of COVID-19 in Northern NSW today, and they will be included in NSW Health’s official reporting tomorrow.

Other News

Wearing drink bottles on your bum to save rainforests

Undies entrepreneur Brendan Lo doesn’t see himself as a smart arse, but his take on some old bit of wisdom is a bit cheeky.

More than 8,000 free meals given away in Ballina lockdown

Around 8,000 free meals were given to a dramatically increased number of people needing them in Ballina over the lockdown period starting 9 August.

Found – Have you seen Steve? Missing person

Mullumbimby man Steve Mustchin went missing at 11am this morning from Byron Bay Hospital and his family are asking locals to keep an eye out for him.

The Greens and Ballina Council

With the Greens announcing their intention to contest the Ballina Shire local government election to be held in December...

Bangalow’s modern baker

S Haslam Being a baker in a modern town like Bangalow these days involves a lot more than getting up...

Update: Abandoned vessel, Burleigh Heads – owner found

Police are seeking urgent public assistance to help identify and locate the owner of a seemingly abandoned vessel.

Lyn Dickinson, Pottsville

What is missing from election campaigns are a narrative and vision for the future. Instead all we get are three word slogans. I expect there are many who cringe every time they hear ‘jobs and growth’ and ‘put people first’. If we really care about people and their jobs, our primary concern has to be the environment, because it is the environment that sustains us and supports life. Without a healthy environment, there are no healthy and happy people. Assurance of a clean and safe world for our future cannot be restricted to three word slogans!

If the old parties are that concerned about jobs and growth, why are they continuing to invest in the coal industry when the way of the future is renewable energy? How are we going to ensure secure jobs for our children when we are so short-sighted? Not to mention the damage to the environment by continuing to emit dangerous greenhouse gas emissions, which our children will have to fix!

There has to be a balance between jobs, growth and lifestyle. An obsession with making money will turn the Tweed Coast into a Gold Coast. The only way to stop such madness is to give our environment the highest priority. A lot more money can be made in an eco-friendly tourist destination than a concrete jungle.

There is only one political party which puts the environment at the top of the list. That is the Greens. By putting the environment first, they are also putting people first. What is the point of jobs and growth on a dead planet? To look after the quality of our air, soil and water gives us the lifeline we need to survive. No amount of money can do that!

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Greens’ Richmond campaign ‘people powered, not fossil fueled’

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Thus Spake Mungo: The worm turned, the maggots squirmed

My fearless prediction is that the coalition will end up with between 76 to 78 seats in the House of Representatives, a thin but decisive majority. But this is not the way it was meant to be.


A hung parliament? It may be the best we can hope...

Nearly three years ago, on the eve of the last Federal election, this web site warned that a Tony Abbott-led Coalition government presented a grim outlook for clean energy and climate change, and we warned too that it could be even worse than most people feared.


Elliot, Hogan retain their north coast seats

Incumbent northern rivers MPs Kevin Hogan (Page, Nationals) and Justine Elliot (Richmond, Labor) have retained their seats after a knife-edge federal election result which could see a hung parliament.


A voting guide for dummies

Still haven't made your mind up who to vote for yet? Well, crawl out from whatever rock you've been hiding under and pay some fricking attention. 
It's really quite simple. Just match your ideology with one of these political parties and away you go.


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  1. There are more trees in Australia than when Cook arrived. Not the same trees, but trees none the less. Crop production worldwide is up some 10% because of rising CO2 levels, the entire world is greening. (organically, not politically speaking!)

    Try and understand, CO2 = Plant food

    Can you explain to this poor unenlightened soul how Di Natale can offer Greens support to the Steel manufacturing in Australia and in the next breath condemn coal?, Surely he knows that the ( If I recall correctly) the 5 designs of Blast Furnace all use coal as the main feed. Use other energy sources? Cant use CSG, no nuclear. A non stop Blast Furnace campaign of the usual 20 years fed by Solar or wind??. The biggest most advanced Solar Plants Ivanpah and Abengoa financially failed after 5 years. They did manage to cook mid flight 25,000 birds a year tho’.


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Found – Have you seen Steve? Missing person

Mullumbimby man Steve Mustchin went missing at 11am this morning from Byron Bay Hospital and his family are asking locals to keep an eye out for him.

Images released of men who robbed the Byron Bowlo

Detectives investigating the armed robbery of a licensed premises in Byron Bay earlier this year, have released CCTV images and are appealing for public information that may assist their inquiries.

New Nesbitt Park mountain bike skills course in Lismore

Though Lismore is currently in lockdown, the city has inaugurated a new sporting activity in Nesbitt Park that will make residents want to enjoy outdoors as soon as possible.

New cases of COVID-19 below 1,000 for the first time in 25 days

In what is now a general press conference, the Premier spoke to media at 11am this morning about the pandemic and other business.