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Bluesfest announces October dates for 2021 festival

After two disappointing cancelations of their event, Bluesfest has announced that they will hold the 2021 festival over the...

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Cringe worthy PM

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

A confusion of letters in Ocean Shores

Apparently, there is another Ocean Shores in another part of the world, and they have deer…

Go straight to the source on the Future Water Project

Rous County Council has announced a series of information days to be held this month where the community can ‘drop in’ and find out more about the revised draft Future Water Project 2060.

Locals question placing homes in areas of inundation risk

It is where the community fought off Club Med and it is once again in the spotlight as the current owners, Elements, are seeking to have the zoning of the environmentally sensitive area in Bayshore Drive changed from tourism to residential

School Strike for Climate next Friday

Next Friday from 10am Byron Shire students will be demanding political action on the climate emergency in what they and their supporters say is our present, future and reality. 

Byron Comedy Festival launched with a laugh

At a hilarious sold-out launch of the Byron Comedy Festival, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki had the entire Byron Bay Surf Club giggling last night

Meg Pickup, Ballina

The Turnbull government has oppressive legislation intended to constrain the work of charities and weaken our democracy. The Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme Bill was altered at the last minute to exclude charities following extensive community pressure.

Charities’ ability to hold the government to account is now limited by the Espionage and Foreign Interference Bill. For example if it were reported internationally that charities had alleged the government were downplaying the impact a domestic policy had on global commitments such as emissions reduction targets or processing asylum seekers these charities could face espionage charges.

The Foreign Donations Bill (or Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform) could silence charities that speak out and impose onerous administrative paperwork thus limiting charities’ fundraising abilities and expose charities to severe penalties for non-compliance (10 years imprisonment and civil penalties of up to $210,000). What is the Australian government frightened of that they propose legislation designed to silence dissent–the hallmark of a robust democracy? Lost freedoms are difficult to regain.


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Power outage in Byron Shire

Power supply company Essential Energy says that approximately 1,780 homes and businesses were without supply this morning.

Filming of Byron Baes begins with no indigenous consultation

Filming of the Netflix series Byron Baes has reportedly commenced without any effort made by the show's production company – Eureka Productions – to consult with local indigenous groups or the local Council.

Byron Comedy Festival launched with a laugh

At a hilarious sold-out launch of the Byron Comedy Festival, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki had the entire Byron Bay Surf Club giggling last night

School Strike for Climate next Friday

Next Friday from 10am Byron Shire students will be demanding political action on the climate emergency in what they and their supporters say is our present, future and reality.