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Losing town water access

I grew up and live in Mullumbimby, and I know locals have a strong opinion about the Byron Shire...

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Man assaulted – Tweed Heads South

Police have commenced an investigation following an assault at a Tweed Heads shopping centre yesterday afternoon.

Mullum Rotary celebrates 75

On Saturday, June 22, Mullumbimby Rotary celebrated their 75th anniversary.

Let the BBSF fun begin!

The Byron Bay Surf Festival (BBSF) is just over a month away and they have a huge program for surfers and spectators from August 15-18.

Losing town water access

I grew up and live in Mullumbimby, and I know locals have a strong opinion about the Byron Shire...

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: The Choke

In the 1960s the Boston Strangler murdered 13 women. He was a serial killer. These stories of bad men lurking in the shadows, just waiting to get their hands on women’s necks have always haunted me. What kind of deranged sexual predator does that?

Byron’s foreshore

‘How could the foreshore be improved’? asks Byron Council. Simple. Incorporate natural and hybrid infrastructure into coastal policy and...

Jeremy Stewart, Whain Whain

It is good that the Nationals wish to support a best practise Flood Mitigation Strategy for Lismore and I feel sorry that they have jumped the gun and not realised that Lismore City Council in their wisdom is carefully considering a whole range of options other than those reported.

The elephant in the river when talking about flood mitigation is the extensive changes we have and continue to make to the watershed and the floodplains. These have also had a major detrimental impact on non-flood flows and river water quality in general.

There is a strong need for a holistic plan which involves addressing these changes and their impact on river flows and quality on a watershed scale, rather than isolating the problem to an engineering one.

The article quotes a councillor estimating that reactively, we collectively spent about 200-300 million dollars repairing damage, supporting the community from that last single flood.  Surely if this kind of loss is anticipated every so many years, we could use our noggins and strategically spend that sort of money investing it into an improved watershed.

You could turn a big problem that is not going away soon, and recurrent waste of money into a big growth opportunity – perhaps even new rural industry. ‘Ï run a viable farm whose business is improved river flows and quality’ – I am sure even the Nationals would love to hear that. 


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