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June 18, 2021

Of mayoral candidates and three-legged wombats

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Tender to build rail trail from M’bah to Crabbes Creek awarded

The debate over the tender for the building of the rail trail between Murwillumbh and Crabbes Creek was ultimately...

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Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: The End of an Era

As the Entertainment Editor I have interviewed some very interesting people. Like the multi-orgasmic man; a Dutch orgasm coach living in a yurt, and Tim (Pricasso) who paints with his penis. I have also interviewed musicians. Probably not quite as interesting as the aforementioned group, but whose stories and chats have formed a wonderful part of my week over the last two decades. I have had the privilege of talking to some of my heroes.

Yes! Chupacabra fiesta

S Haslam Chupacabra are coming up to their third birthday, and to celebrate all the ups and downs they are...

Calls for Minister to conduct ‘genuine’ consultation on Murwillumbah mega-school

The Murwillumbah community and SOS (Save Our Schools) are calling on the NSW Minister for Education, Sarah Mitchell to...

Forest blockade stops logging at Wild Cattle Creek

A tree-sitter a the Newry Native Forest Blockade has stopped NSW Forestry Corporation (FCNSW) from logging native forest an hour and a half west of Coffs Harbour in Wild Cattle Creek state forest this morning.

‘Influencers’ – just another advertising platform…

The question being asked by many consumers is 'are influencers genuinely promoting products that they like and believe in, or is it just more advertising?

Morning Tea

Susan Tsicalas, President, BVCAG The Brunswick Valley Cancer Action Group (BVCAG) recently held a raffle, a couple of bucket shakes and...

Matthew Hartley, Byron Bay, The Shire. Hobbits and all.

There is as much chance of this (Byron Shire) Mayor creating affordable housing as there is of a three-legged wombat winning the pole vault in Rio. There is as much chance of any current party group developing an alternative to doubling tourist numbers as there is of a senile koala mastering calculus. There is as much chance of sane, sensible leadership under Richardson or Spooner as there is of a kangaroo, found dead on the roadside by seven hungry dingoes, going on to write an opera. Ain’t, gonna, happen.

We can get a lift in employment without more mass tourism by developing health industry opportunities, especially in rural areas. We can go further with education, much further, which is why I am advancing residential colleges for university students and academics, and the businesses around them. We can, in fact include Ocean Shores in a better planned future, and not just ignore the north.

We can actually get decent planning decisions; I hear excellent proposals every week. We can get people homes to live in by enforcing the bloody law, and shutting down the holiday let shambles in residential areas. We can reduce rates, and costs to homeowners.

Yes, as a great man famously said, we can. Oh, come on, you know I want you to vote for me, and I’ll be passionate, disciplined, diligent, open minded, and above all, do my duty. This area, and this country, have given me everything. It is my gratitude that drives me to serve you, my community.


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