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Murwillumbah’s Budd Park – what do you want to see there?

Tweed Council is seeking community feedback on a draft concept plan to upgrade Budd Park at Murwillumbah, a popular meeting point beside the Tweed River.

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Nude freedom or not!

It appears state-run entities promoting their own ‘values’ and agenda continue to erode people’s freedom. It doesn’t matter whether...

Ballina Council join study to understand water use

Ballina Council has joined Bathurst, Dubbo and the Murray River Council areas to participate in a cutting-edge artificial intelligence technology that aims to identify how people use water across regional NSW. 

Assange doco to screen in Byron

Julian Assange’s US extradition appeal is a significant event in the world’s history of democracy but he’s been in jail so long some have probably missed the memo.

Interschool Australian Surfing Championships launched on the Gold Coast last month

Palm Beach Currumbin State High School has taken home the overall School Winners trophy at the inaugural Australian Interschools Surfing Championships held at Miami on the Gold Coast last month.

Polglase endorses Hone for Tweed Council

Tweed Shire Councillor Warren Polglase OAM has endorsed businesswoman Kimberly Hone as the candidate to fill his shoes when he retires from Tweed Shire Council at the Local Government Elections to be held in September.

Stick to the sand – Tweed Councillors reject Kingscliff DA to change fill on floodplain

Tweed Council has insisted that a Turnock St development use court-ordered sand to protect rainforest, and a rare snail, rejecting the developer’s attempt to vary the conditions.

The climate change debate, important to most people aspiring to a sustainable future, has reached the pinnacle of achievement for our adversarial democracy; total ideological log-jam.

Over 90 per cent of scientists think it’s important and yet the almighty POTUS is a denier and our current Prime ULP (unprincipled, lying puppet) is ideologically bound to agree. After all this time, the best our political system has managed is a ‘stand around muttering’ ideological standoff.

On second thoughts however, to beat a political system, almost wholly owned by ‘business as usual’ and dedicated to obstructing any change, to a ‘stand around muttering’ ideological standoff was quite an achievement. Well done everyone and we seem to be lining them up for the next bit.

That was the science now here comes the money; superior economics.

Renewable energy infrastructure and electric vehicle costs are approaching, and in some cases exceeding, parity with fossil fuel generation and internal combustion engine vehicle costs and getting cheaper.

It’s an inevitable, unstoppable transition and, due to the rapidly reducing costs, happening a lot faster than most people think. We can probably expect the industry and its puppets to get increasingly dirty and desperate as the fossil fuel age comes to a close.

This energy transition gives support to the notion that sustainable practice is an economically smart thing to do. Applying this to other sectors could result in similar rapid transitions.

The sector most in need of radical reform is the one that dictates how we humans live with each other and our earth; the housing development marketplace.

All the currently available development models, variations on suburbia, are completely unsustainable and we know where that leaves us. We upgrade that sector or we humans don’t upgrade to a sustainable future.

The economic driver is potentially huge. Just as well really.

Robin Harrison, Binna Burra


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Ballina Council join study to understand water use

Ballina Council has joined Bathurst, Dubbo and the Murray River Council areas to participate in a cutting-edge artificial intelligence technology that aims to identify how people use water across regional NSW. 

Call for immediate ban on logging in the proposed Great Koala National Park 

There will be no more koalas in the wild in NSW by 2050 if we don’t take action to preserve their habitat, according to a NSW state parliamentary inquiry in 2020, but the Nature Conservation Council say NSW Labor still isn’t doing enough.

A deeper dive into plans to abandon Mullum’s local water supply

With Council seeking community input on its proposal to disconnect Mullumbimby’s local water source and instead be reliant on water supplied by Rous County Council, local Greens candidate and water engineer, Elia Hauge, has added her concerns around the lack of meaningful consultation and process.

Police make arrest over Wallum protests

Save Wallum protectors, a NSW MLC and a retired magistrate have questioned the use of police resources after those supporting efforts to save rare ecological heathland in Brunswick Heads from urban development were contacted by Tweed-Byron Police Detectives.