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May 11, 2021

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Govt’s new housing plan fails to impress local gov reps

Local government representatives on the Northern Rivers have expressed doubts over the state government’s new Housing 2041 Strategy.

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Creative carbon capture

Desmond Bellamy – Special Projects Coordinator, PETA Australia, Byron Bay Last week, the Australian government pledged half a billion dollars for ‘clean’...

Water strategy

Alan Dickens, Brunswick Heads The people of Mullumbimby would be aware that Byron Shire Council (BSC) intends to hand over...

Man dead after boat capsizes near Yamba

Police say a man has died and a second has been taken to hospital after a boat capsized south of Yamba this morning.

Deep listening and housing ideas under Mullum’s fig trees for Renew Fest

Around a hundred presenters, musicians, other artists and community activators plus a bumper crowd of punters all came together under the fig trees at the Mullumbimby Showground over the weekend for Renew Fest 2021.

Cringe worthy PM

Keith Duncan, Pimlico After cringing at the spectacle of Scott Morrison blatantly lying to President Biden during that virtual climate...

Doing it right

How do you know you’re doing hummus right? When the international visitors tell you it’s some of the best...

Hugh Downie, Federal.

Twenty years ago Byron Shire was famous as the dumping ground for rusted, pollution belching old campervans whose occupants forgoed traditional clothing and a healthy bath, for the freedom of expression. Dead vehicles littered the highways and byways. Their panels and windows adorned with peace stickers and rainbow flags.

Today these new symbols of occupancy are Range Rovers, Porsches and Audi Quattro’s. All black. All with darkened windows. All belching fumes out into the prestige air. Their occupants still wear feathers and colourful clothing. But now the feather is stuck in the must-have Panama hat and the clothing is billowing white linen shirts with the latest, must-have resort shoes from Zimmermann. Not tie died t-shirts and hand made sandals.

But when you delve further the question one asked 20 years ago and now, appears to generate the same answer. That is, do these people really have money (ie free, disposable income)?

Twenty years ago the answer was No! They lived off love and donations. Today it’s still No, but now they have access to a bottomless pit of debt.

So some things in life don’t change. Let’s hope that love for others also doesn’t change.


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