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Let’s also recognise human rights of Aborigines, refugees

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West Byron flooding

All east coast communities are now daily regularly warned by the ABC radio/TV, by the Bureau of Meteorology, to...

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Locals push to keep Bangalow Club as ‘member-owned’

With the Bangalow Bowlo board considering an amalgamation with large entertainment corporation Norths, a group of Bangalow locals are presenting their vision for their club, which they say will ‘preserve a valuable member-owned asset for the people of Bangalow to enjoy for many years to come’.

Who’s a good dog?

Guide Dogs Australia has today revealed the best performing fundraising collection dogs, with Coles Mackay in Queensland taking out the honour of having the top fundraising coin Collection Dog in the country. Liverpool won the NSW category.

The Billys of Bangalow fly again

It was nothing but glorious spring weather for the Bangalow Billycart Derby on Sunday where the main drag was blocked off for a spectacular race day.

Jarjums empowered to speak up with rapper JK-47

This year’s ‘Muggi (strong) Culture, Deadly Futures’ program focussed on Aboriginal and Torres Strait jarjums, from kindy to year 12, engaging with cultural knowledge and skills ad empowering and motivating jarjums to speak up.

Drop-in info sessions tomorrow re Ballina temporary housing

Anyone with questions about the second state government temporary housing village for flood and landslide survivors in the Ballina Shire can attend a drop-in information session on Wednesday.

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Being Ready

I used to love the sound of rain. Now, like many others, it frightens me. It reminds me that...

Despite the most damaging political process and the consequent ongoing mental/physical  anguish experienced by the LGBTQI community, Australia had taken a step into maturity by granting same -sex marriage and thus confirming to this community their rightful human rights.

A gesture of love and acceptance.  A triumph to grass roots activism.

Let’s now aim for the human rights to be recognised for the first people of Australia and refugees.  The former peoples have experienced  230 years of brutalisation due to the above factors and a history of genocide and denial of land rights and constitutional recognition.

Refugees are used as political pawns in Australia and this treatment is recognised by the international community addressing human rights.

Ponder the wars that we have been involved in folks. As Marvin Gaye sings in his protest song ‘Whats going on, …its time to unite, love and experience peace.

We all saw a sample of that on television when Australia began to grow up.  Lets aim to Reverse the Abusive Paradigm that is denying Human Rights.  Australians support grass roots activism to advance the Human Rights in Australia.

All we are saying is “Give Peace a Chance”.   Respect is restored in this process.

Jo Faith (unapologetic hippy), Newtown


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Opposition to the merger of the four Murwillumbah Schools, which includes two primary and two high schools, remains strong. Monday will see Leader of the NSW opposition MP Chris Minns and local MP Janelle Saffin joining concerned parents, students and community members at a town hall meeting in Murwillumbah on Monday at 5.30pm.

Byron Council looking at rain damage

Byron Shire Council says they have staff out and about across the Shire today assessing damage from the rain.