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Michael Lyon elected as Byron Mayor

Owing to the resignation of former Mayor at the end of April, a vote was held today to replace Simon Richardson, until the next election

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Cartoon of the week – 12 May, 2021

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Re Netflix

David Gilet, Byron Bay You would have to say that the Byron district has more than its fair share of wankers,...

Flickerfest tour returns to the Northern Rivers

Celebrating 30 years in 2021 Flickerfest is bringing its National Tour to The Regent Cinema Murwillumbah for one big film packed this weekend

Water outage in Ballina this Thursday

Residents on Crane and Owen Streets in Ballina are advised of a planned water outage this Thursday May 13.

Travelling at the speed of lies

When Tim Berners-Lee and others created the architectural foundations of the world wide web, they did so with the vision of openness, idea sharing, and trust. Human nature has a way of making things more complicated, of course.

Govt’s new housing plan fails to impress local reps

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

Carmel Bennett Nashua

How many NSW drivers are aware there are 10,000 people out there ready to report you for littering? You know you’ve been reported when you receive an infringement notice in the mail.

You are given details of the time and place of the offence but not who reported you. The notice stresses that 98 per cent of the requests for review fail. For a review to be successful you have to provide evidence that you did not commit the offence. Guilty until proven innocent.

I was accused of throwing a lighted cigarette butt from the window. I hate littering and do not do it. Neither do I smoke. I supplied significant evidence that I was a non-smoker and environmentalist with my review request. No matter – the fine still applied.

After contacting the office of Tamara Smith, who agreed to make representations on my behalf, and an email to the environment minister Gabrielle Upton, I received notification that the fine had beencancelled. No explanation, other than to say the matter had been referred back to the issuing authority for consideration. No apology either.

This has happened to many people and because of the difficulty in proving innocence, the fine has just been paid. The system is open to abuse because you could be reported by someone who doesn’t like the way you drive, doesn’t like your bumper stickers, doesn’t like you.

Mussolini reportedly said, ‘If you pluck a chicken one feather at a time, nobody will notice’.


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