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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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Amber alert for blue-green algae at Lake Ainsworth

An amber alert has been put in place for Lake Ainsworth near Lennox Head in relation to the presence of blue-green algae.

Cut it down – Tweed Councillors at odds over future of forest red gum

‘We should be active and take the tree down,’ Cr Polglase told the Tweed Shire Council meeting last Thursday, referring to a significant forest red gum and koala food tree in Tweed Heads West.

Lennox Head thrash Ballina at cricket

A century by Jacob Fulwood helped Lennox Head second grade cricket team to a strong win over the Ballina Bears in the Coastal League last Saturday.

Entertainment in the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning 24 February, 2021

Entertainment in the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning 24 February, 2021

Call to protect oceans from plastic and pollution

A new sign has been installed at Main Beach, Byron Bay, calling for increased awareness and collective action on the issue of marine debris and pollution. 

Someone who looks uncannily, exactly like Robert Brown from the Shooters Party, was handing out how-to-vote material in Lismore for Greg Bennett, who says he is the chair the NSW Farmers branch of the SFFP which he calls "The Farmer’s Party". Photo Supplied.
Committee Chair, the Hon Robert Brown MLC from the Shooters and Fishers Party, handing out how-to-vote material for for Greg Bennett at last year’s Lismore council election. Photo Tree Faerie.

Established in March 2016, the Upper House inquiry into water augmentation in rural and regional New South Wales has made its way to Lismore.

In a one day event today at Lismore City Hall, there will be a public hearing on the subject as part of a statewide endeavour to examine the suitability of existing water storages, flood risks and technologies available to mitigate flood damage. Public hearings have been held across the state starting in Broken Hill in October last year and finishing in Sydney next month.

The New South Wales Legislative Council’s Portfolio Committee No. 5 – Industry and Transport, covers areas such as Primary Industries, Regional Water, Trade and Industry, Lands and Forestry, Racing,Transport and Infrastructure and Roads, Maritime and Freight, to name a few.

The committee will also consider the social, economic and environmental aspects of water management practices in New South Wales and in other jurisdictions in Australia and internationally.

Committee Chair, the Hon Robert Brown MLC, of the Shooters and Fishers, says the inquiry will examine the mechanisms and protocols to manage existing water storages and to ensure their sustainability into the future.

Todays event in Lismore will see speakers from across the Northern Rivers including Rod Haig Strategic Engineer (Water and Waste Water), Lismore Council and Mr Michael McKenzie Manager Planning and Delivery, Rous Water, as well as representatives from Tweed, Byron, Richmond Valley, Clarence Valley and Kyogle councils.

Other experts and stake holders from across the region are also scheduled to appear.

The event is being held at the Fountain Room at Lismore City Hall and will conclude today at 4pm. The public are invited to attend.

The inquiry was established on 22 March 2016, submissions were re-opened until Sunday 28 May 2017.

The reporting date has been extended to 30 March 2018.


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