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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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Archibald has knock-on effect in Murwillumbah

The Tweed Regional Gallery is hosting the Archibald Prize and local business people say the event is giving the town of Murwillumbah a significant economic boost.

A name by any other

Rod Murray, Ocean Shores An extract from Turning the Tide, the latest Australian Marine Conservation supporter newsletter: ‘Last year the Adani...

Council’s power

Matthew O’Reilly I refer to Ian Pickles’ letter, titled ‘Developers’ power’ (Letters, 10 February). Generally, I must agree with most of...

Lismore urges REX to reconsider service cancellation

The regional airline Regional Express (REX) announced yesterday that five services, including its Lismore service, would cease once government support through the RANS program is discontinued at the end of March.

Woman assaults police – Bangalow

Police say that a woman resisted arrest and assaulted two officers yesterday in Bangalow.

Last minute water park unsuccessful as Jack Evans Boat Harbour PoM approved

A last minute attempt by Councillor Warren Polglase (conservative) to introduce a water park as part of the Jack Evans Boat Harbour Plan of Management (PoM)at last nights Tweed Shire Council saw yet another ‘workshop’ set up for councillors to discuss the implications.

Sapoty Brook, Mullumbimby

Australian Professor Emeritus Will Stefan and his colleagues have researched the interaction between natural feedback climate systems.

The study titled Trajectories of the Earth System in the Anthropocene found that current global efforts to curb emissions are ‘unlikely’ to prevent civilisation-destroying runaway climate change, resulting in an irreversible ‘Hothouse Earth’.

I ask you, can you face up to this and rearrange your life plans to include political actions that will dramatically expand current global efforts? The earth needs us all because…

The climate is changing/the coal is burning/the people are ignoring/the water is evaporating/then flooding/then evaporating/then flooding/then evaporating/the farmers are struggling/but the food is still on the table/in our country/not theirs/for a while longer/and then we will be refugees/begging Tasmania/surrounded by acid poisoned ocean/slowly starving with heat deaths/burning forests desertifying dust/storms splitting civility survival/bones buried and gone…/Now. Down on the ground/I hear a very gentle sound.

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  1. The argument over climate change and, more importantly, what we can do to stop it is still ex a city that, an argument.
    Scientific study is quite right to highlight the impact on the planet from the continued use if fossil fuels for power, the constsnt use and negligent disposal of non biodegradable plastics and the constant bitter arguing if those who would argue this isn’t a man made condition (I know – ridiculous) but I fear too much damage has been done to halt the major impacts to the planet.
    Yes, by all means change plastic cups, bottles and containers to biodegradable materials which will at least lessen the severe changes the planet will soon face, but what t he planet is about to face is beyond man’s ability to resolve as too many decades have passed, too many people have voiced an opinion yet at the same time, little or no change has taken place until very recently. The destruction of the great coral reefs, the deplorable nigh criminal deforestation of the major rainforests fornso long have pit the outcome into Mother Nature’s hands as we watch centuries of abuse finally take their toll on out wonderful and beautiful planet.
    How do we ever try to explain to new generations what we have done (and not done) to oreservr the natural beuty and resources of our home which has fed, housed and clothed us until the governments if the late 18th and 20th centuries put the greed of the few over the needs and rights of thr many. Once that began, the fight to save the planet was lost. What has happened since has just made a sick planet sicker up to the point we can now only make gestures of fighting back but these are only for media attention. The fight was over befire it really began and we and future generations now need to quickly consider the most cost effective means to safeguard the human species and reluctantly eventually watch the death if this wonderful place billion of us call home


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Local fisherfolk caught in the parking fine net

FIsherfolk have been caught in the net of parking fines designed to stop travellers parking up for the night on the Tweed Coast Road and they are seeking help to access their beaches at night without fines.

Family Court scrapped

Despite overwhelming opposition from Australia’s family law specialists and advocates, the federal Liberal-Nationals government and cross benchers scrapped the Family Law Court and subsumed it into the circuit courts last week.

Cavanbah centre gets a taste of 3×3 basketball

The Byron Beez basketball team in collaboration with the U League hosted a 3x3 tournament at the Cavanbah centre at the end of January that attracted 30 teams.

Northern Rivers policeman accused of youth assault acquitted

Magistrate Michael Dakin has ordered a common assault charge against a former Byron-based policeman be dropped after an altercation involving a naked youth in Byron Bay three years ago.